Architect, Head of Jury
Founding director, Brendeland & Kristoffersen arkitekter
Ten years have passed since Geir Brendeland and Olav Kristoffersen became Brendeland & Kristoffersen when they won the open competition for sustainable social housing at Svartlamoen in Trondheim in 2002. Since then the office has received both national and international recognition, including shortlisting for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2007 and the AR Awards 2005 and 2008. In 2005 they received The Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway’s prize for young designers.
Among their projects are Villa Borgen, a small villa for a family in the outskirts of Trondheim, Svalbard housing project and Active House in Stjørdal. However, the area of Svartlamoen in Trondheim has come to be somewhat defining for the office. After the realization of their first project, Svartlamoen housing (2005), Brendeland & Kristoffersen have built two other buildings in the area; Svartlamoen nursery and Svartlamoen cultural centre (2007).
Recently the office won a competition on the new plans for the city of Jessheim with their proposal ‘Green Grid’.
"120 HOURS is already established as Norway's most important architectural competition for students. I believe that this competition should be included in the curriculum of all Norwegian architectural schools from the very first year. 120 HOURS provides a very good exercise in creating good concepts in a short amount of time, and in that way become a better architect."
Cathrine Vigander graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen/1996 with one semester on exchange to E.T.S.A.B. in Barcelona. Before her architectural studies she maintained an Associate in Arts Degree in the USA. She has teaching experience from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen (1996-1999) and The Oslo School og Architecture and Design (2000- 2012). Vigander is today partner and architect at Element Arkitekter.
"120 HOURS is an important contribution to the architectural education in Norway. I think the competition can help to increase the level of Norwegian architecture, and have an effect in open Norwegian competitions. The project should continue to be relevant to society, and promote discussion outside of the architectural field. 120 have the ability to become an important arena of competition for architectural students world-wide."
As the academic director at 3RW architects, Sixten Rahlff is involved in a wide range of the office portfolio and may in this context refer to broad experience in architecture and urban plan oriented projects. His implementation ability and willingness to innovate are key starting points for his work. This has, amongst other things, contributed to that he has received several international awards such as Ralph Erskine award and the AR + D award in connection with the construction of an orphanage in Nepal. Sixten is currently the principal at Bergen School of Architecture and professor at BAS. He sits on the board of Rahlp Erskine award and is a member of the Committee of Experts for the Mies van der Rohe Award.
"Architectural competitions both nationally and internationally should be conducted in the same way as 120 HOURS. A short time frame with more focus on the concept and main measures will lead to fewer working hours being wasted on rejected proposals. 120 is a very good initiative and have great transfer value to professional competitions."
Ogmund is the co-owner of Pir 2, which has offices in both Trondheim and Oslo. Pir II is an office that implements both international influences and the Nordic tradition. Many of their most challenging and exciting projects are the result of architecture and design competitions. Participation in competitions is an important part of their competence, where new knowledge at different levels is acquired. Knowledge and experience from various competitions benefits other projects, in the process of creating good solutions to complex problems.
"I think the life as a practicing architect is closer to 120 HOURS than it is to the academic life. As an architect you have to make quick and good decisions. In that way, 120 can be just as interesting as a diploma that you have spent half a year on developing. Architectural offices seek employees who can deliver quality in a short time."
The student representative of 2012 was a very skilled, talented and commited student from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She was doing her diploma at the time of the jury, in January 2012
Hege Kongshaug graduated with a Master in Architecture degree from NTNU in 2012, with an exchange semester at TU Berlin in 2010. Before enrolling NTNU, she studied Art History at the University of Oslo. Hege now lives in Bergen where she works as an architect at Tippetue Arkitekter. She also writes for the newly established city development web journal Bytopia.
"Activities outside the school are good and instructive, and I encourage everyone to participate in more than only the tasks you get in the architecture schools. 120 HOURS is also one of the few places where we as architecture students can see how students at other schools solves the problems we all know."