People First; Danish approaches for well-being and quality of life

“People first” explores Danish approaches to the nexus of architecture’s added value; socially, environmentally and economically. Despite the country’s modest size, Denmark has made significant impressions worldwide through architectural ambition. Danish architecture is known for a human-centred approach, innovation and has been a laboratory for sustainable urban development for many years. Through real life case studies, initiatives and evidence based research this session looks at the key characteristics in creating more social, environmental and economic value through good architecture and design.

For visionaries, architects, and everyone who believes in creating and shaping better buildings, spaces and lifestyles.

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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017: 1:30pm - 5:00pm
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Session Speaker(s)

Kolja Nielsen

Founding partner and CEO at the Danish architectural office CEBRA. Chairman of the board at The Danish Association of Architectural Firms, Member of the Danish Art Society, Architect MAA and Architect RIBA

CEBRA is a Danish architectural office founded in 2001 by the architects Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl and Kolja Nielsen. Based in Aarhus in Denmark and in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, CEBRA employs a multidisciplinary international staff of 50, who all share a strong passion for architecture.

At CEBRA they want to change the way to think, design and build architecture. They are always pushing for more. Pushing with a CEBRA attitude that combines an artistic approach to architecture with an understanding of its cultural context. Most CEBRA projects are within the fields of education, culture and housing –  thought, designed, and built in line with their mantra – Architecture with attitude.

CEBRA has gained recognition through award winning projects in Scandinavia such as The Iceberg and The Experimentarium and has a growing international portfolio, counting projects in Europe, the Middle East and Russia. 

Lone Feifer

Programme Director, Sustainable Living in Buildings, VELUX GROUP

Lone Feifer holds a Master of Architecture (1993), and is programme director of the VELUX Groups strategic programme Sustainable Living in Buildings. Prior to this, she was project director of Model Home 2020, six full-scale experiments in five European countries over three years, all demonstrating the Active House principles tested by families and validated by researchers. Long-term experience on innovation and sustainability within the building sector, engages in sustainable construction on strategic and operational levels, with a hallmark of user focus, and a holistic approach to buildings.

Lone is very active on boards and advisory panels within climate knowledge and open innovation, education of future generations, the Danish architectural press, the beautification of Copenhagen and Danish Architects Association.

Lars-Emil Kragh

Head of Business Development, Danish Association of Architectural Firms

Lars Emil Kragh leads strategic projects and developments for the Danish Association of Architectural Firms. He has a long experience from both public and private sector covering functions as Head of Innovation and Business Development, Client Service Director, Management Consultant and Strategic Planner.

Danish Association of Architectural Firms is an organization of private firms of consulting architects. Our objective is to represent commercial interests of practicing architects and to strengthen their position and improve the quality level and professionalism of Danish architectural firms. Member circulation is around 650 architectural firms, covering around 5,000 architects, landscape architects, building constructors and employees within administration, communication and IT, roughly corresponding to 80-90% coverage.

One of the major strategic projects is to demonstrate and document the value creation of architecture – in a social, environmental and economic perspective. A project which success depends on the level of agreed collaboration across the sector. Danish Association of Architectural Firms lead the project with Lars Emil Kragh and Peter Andreas Sattrup, Ph.D in Sustainable Architecture, as responsible. 

Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP

Principal, DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design

Heather Dubbeldam is the principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, an award-winning, multidisciplinary architecture studio in Toronto. Dubbeldam’s diverse range of projects have garnered wide recognition in national and international publications. Heather holds numerous leadership positions with design advocacy organizations including the Toronto Society of Architects, Design Industry Advisory Committee and Twenty+Change. She is also known for promoting a long-term vision toward environmental sustainability and a commitment to incorporating sustainable design into her firm’s projects. Dubbeldam was recently awarded the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, in support of their travel research on sustainable architecture in northern climates, specifically in Scandinavia and Germany.

Stephen Willacy

Chief City Architect of Aarhus

Educated as an architect at Oxford Brooks University and Westminster University Stephen has been based in Aarhus, Denmark since 1984. Stephen has combined practise as a partner at internationally acclaimed Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and with teaching and research as associate professor at Aarhus School of Architecture. Projects include award winning University of Aberdeen, Sir Duncan Rice Library and City of Westminster College in London.

For the past five years working as chief city architect in Aarhus City Council Stephen has gained insight and experience working within a politically led organisation. The combination of working in private practise and public office combined with research and teaching enables a keen understanding of the processes and demanding roles and responsibilities we architects have both at political and local community level as well as in a global perspective.

As Aarhus City Council’s chief city architect Stephen works towards ensuring the city develops in a way where architectural considerations are held in the highest regard and contributes towards continued innovation in relation to city planning, urban design and architectural quality.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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