The Bartlett School of Architecture


Kjetil Trædal Thorsen – Bartlett International Lecture Series

18 January 2017, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm


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The Bartlett School of Architecture


Christopher Ingold Auditorium, UCL Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ

Snøhetta: People Process Projects

A definite relationship between multiple disciplines is a driving force in all of Snøhetta’s work. This is demonstrated over the company’s long history that the disciplines of land­scape and architecture should be worked together without division from the earliest stages of designs.  
Snøhetta’s commitment to an integrated trans-disciplinary practice, including architec­ture, landscape, interior, and design, has few parallels within the industry. The quality and strength of identity provoked by out designs is achieved by incorporating deep research, leveraging what are often challenges as opportunity, and factoring the social and politi­cal environment in the creative process. Our approach focuses on the dialogue between building and place, each informing the other. The inherent character and conditions of any site are carefully considered to provide a sound point of departure for each ensuing design. Projects truly of place can foster meaningful and often surprising interactions, creating something simultaneously new and timeless.

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen is the Founding Partner and Director at Snøhetta. He is born in Norway and has spent his early years in Essen, Germany, and Sunningdale, England, before gaining his Dipl.Ing. of Architecture in Graz, Austria in 1985. In this same year, he started his first private architecture practice. In 1987, he co-founded Snøhetta Architecture and Landscape – a collaboration of architects and landscape architects. Kjetil has also co-founded Norway’s first architectural gallery, Galleri ROM.

Since the creation of Snøhetta, Kjetil has been a driving partner, and as a board member and project director he has been instrumental in defining and developing Snøhetta’s philosophy and architectural ambitions.

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