Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes

Department of Architecture Fall 2012 Lecture ​Series

Saunders Architecture was founded by the Canadian architect Todd Saunders in 1998. Bringing together dynamic building and material experimentation with traditional methods of craft, the Bergen, Norway–based practice has worked on cultural and residential projects in Norway, as well as England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, and Canada. Led by a strong contemporary design sensibility, the studio believes that architecture plays an important role in creating place, using form, materials, and texture to help evoke and shape memory and human interaction. The office operates within existing natural as well as manmade contexts, with examples ranging from an award-nominated dramatic viewpoint structure set amidst a rich protected landscape to several new-build houses within more traditional suburban settings.

Current projects include the completion of a 29-room inn on Fogo Island, Canada, a cultural centre in Labrador, Canada, a centre for UNICEF in Aurland, Norway, and a large residential project in Istanbul, Turkey.

Saunders was ranked one of Norway's 10 best architects by the magazine Bo Bedre in 2009, and was placed number 52 among the 100 best architects in the world by the German magazine BauNetz in 2012. Saunders was also ranked among the five top architects in the world under 50 by the Huffington Post in 2011.

Saunders has lived and worked in Bergen since 1996, following his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and McGill University in Montreal. He continues to combine teaching with practice and has been a part-time teacher at the Bergen Architecture School since 2001. Saunders has also lectured and taught at schools in Scandinavia, the U.K., and Canada and has been a visiting professor at the University of Quebec–Montreal.;

This lecture is part of the Edgar A. Tafel Lecture Series