Todd Saunders founded Bergen-based Saunders Architecture in 1998. Bringing together dynamic building and material experimentation with traditional methods of craft, the studio has worked on cultural and residential projects right across Norway, as well as in England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, and Canada.
Saunders believes that architecture must play 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.
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 UK, and Canada and was a visiting professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- "5 Greatest Architects Under 50," Huffington Post (2011)
- Nominated for the Bergen Kommune Architecture Prize (2011)
- Arnstein Arneberg Award for Outstanding Architecture (2011)
- HISE Award 2011 for Sustainable Excellence (2011)
- AZ AWARD for Best Commercial Architecture (2011)