Julien De Smedt: AGENDA

Designer and architect Julien De Smedt is the founder and director of JDS Architects based in Copenhagen with offices in Brussels and Oslo. De Smedt’s commitment to the exploration of new architectural models and programs has helped to re-energize the discussion of architecture in Denmark with projects such as the VM Housing Complex, Maritime Youth House, and Stavanger Concert Hall. Before founding JDS Architects, De Smedt worked with OMA, Rotterdam and cofounded the well-known architecture firm PLOT in Copenhagen. Among other awards and recognitions, he has received the Henning Larsen Prize in 2003, an Eckersberg medal in 2005, and the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize in 2009. In 2004 JDS received a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert Hall. Also in 2004, the Maritime Youth House won the AR+D award in London and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award. Another Mies van der Rohe award nomination was given to the VM Housing Complex in 2006 and the Mountain in 2008. The Mountain also received the honor of Best Housing project during the 2008 World Architecture Festival. JDS recently won a large international competition for the new Holmenkollen Skijump in Oslo, a mixed-use residential development in Aarhus, Denmark and the Kalvebod Brygge competition in Copenhagen. 

De Smedt has been a visiting professor at Rice University and the University of Kentucky. He has lectured at the Sendai Mediatheque in Japan, the Architectural Association of Ireland, the Tate Modern in London, the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, the Pavillon de l’arsenal in Paris, McGill University in Montreal, Yale University, SCI-Arc, and USC. His work has been exhibited in Copenhagen, Toronto, Paris, New York, and Sao Paulo among other places. The first monograph of JDS Architects, PIXL TO XL, was published by Damdi in December 2007. A second book, AGENDA, will be published by Actar in November 2009. He attended schools in Brussels, Paris, and Los Angeles before receiving his diploma from the Bartlett School of Architecture.