Kjetil Thorsen was born in Haugesund, and graduated as Dipl. Ing. Architect from the University of Graz, Austria, in 1985. The same year he co-founded the first Norwegian gallery for architecture, Gallery ROM. Two years later he co-founded the multidisciplinary architectural practice Snøhetta, and has been a partner in the company since 1989.
Through Snøhetta, Kjetil has been a central part of projects such as Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the New National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway, the SFMOMA in San Francisco, the National September 11 Memorial Pavilion in New York, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dahran, Saudi Arabia, the Lascaux IV Caves in France, and lately, the Busan Opera House.
Kjetil is an international lecturer, and from 2004 to 2008 he was professor of architecture at the Institute of Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is also a board member of Artica Svalbard.
As founding partner, Kjetil has been instrumental in defining and developing Snøhetta’s philosophy and architectural ambition. Many of the projects created by Snøhetta has been inspired or led by Kjetil.
Architect and Professor
Design Director of Wang Weijen Architecture, Professor and Director at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Weijen Wang received his MArch from UC Berkeley, and MS and BS from the National Taiwan University. He is Professor and Director of Center of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong.
Weijen started up his practice in San Francisco in 1990, before he established his office in Hong Kong and Taipei, Taiwan, in 1994, and Zhejiang, China, in 2017. Addressing design excellence through integrating courtyard typology with nature and landscape, society and human condition, Wang Weijen Architecture has won AIA Honor and Merit Design Awards, HKIA Design Award, Japan Good Design Award, Far Eastern Architectural Award, China Architectural Media Award, WA Architectural Award, and Merit Award from Green Building Council. Their design works have been published extensively, and exhibited in Taipei Museum of Modern Art, Architecture Biennale in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 and 2016. Their Design Monographs Urban Courtyardism: Special issue of Wang Weijen Architecture have been published in UED 056, AW 158, and Taiwan Architecture 158.
Weijen was the Head of Department at HKU in 2012 to 2016, and Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal, MIT and Taiwan Jiaotong University. He is also Editorial Director of HKIA Journal OCCUPY. With research focuses on typology and transformation of Chinese architecture and cities, his writings and designs have been published in several magazines and books.
Marta Tomasiak is a founder of Landscape Architecture Workshop based in Wasaw, Poland. The office works source from different disciplines and craft techniques and are deeply rooted within their contexts and change over time. The studio co-design and engage local communities and is particularly interested in imperfections and primality of space. The office approach to the project is to add and enhance rather than overdesign. Their main works include Restoration of an Urban Forest in Iława, Central Square project in Warsaw, Młynówka Park in Krakow, and Music Academy Campus in Krakow.
Social Anthropologist, Political Scientist and Research Professor
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Born 1957, Jakub Godzimirski is Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He has a PhD in social anthropology from the Polish Academy of Sciences and Letters PAN (1987) and MA in social/cultural anthropology from the University of Warsaw (1981).
In 1995 he joined NUPI where his main areas of research have been Russian foreign, security and economic policy, energy policy and developments in the post-Soviet space and in Central and Eastern Europe. Jakub has conducted several studies on Russian foreign and security policies focusing on Russia’s role in the post-Soviet conflicts, Russia’s relations with other actors (OSCE, NATO, Norway, Poland) and on Russia’s and EU’s energy policy. Prior to joining NUPI, he had been at the Polish Ministry of Defence (1993-94) and had various positions at the Cultural Heritage Management Office (Byantikvaren) (1991-92) in Oslo, at the Norwegian Film Institute (1988-90) and at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1985-87). Jakub has held more than 300 public speeches and has more than 500 references in Norwegian and international media commenting on various aspects of Russian politics. Between 2015 and 2019 he has managed an international project on cooperation in the Arctic.