Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic Sustainability: How Can Sustainable Cities and Buildings Improve Our Quality of Life?

Department of Architecture Fall 2011 Lecture Series

Bjarke Ingels started BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in 2006 after cofounding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Ingels has established himself as a member of a new generation of architects who combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility, and humor. In 2004 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert House in Stavanger, Norway, and the following year he received the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses in Copenhagen. Since its completion, the Mountain Dwellings in Ørestad, Denmark has received numerous awards including the World Architecture Festival Housing Award, Forum AID Award, and the MIPIM Residential Development Award. Recently, Ingels was rated as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine.

Alongside his architectural practice, Ingels has been active as a visiting professor at Rice University’s School of Architecture and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He was recently a visiting professor at Harvard University where he taught a joint studio with the Business School and the Graduate School of Design. In the fall of 2011 Ingles will be a visiting professor at Yale University.