2019: "Svalbard"

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Kjetil Thorsen

Head of Jury, Architect
Co-Founding Partner of Snøhetta

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.

Anderson Lee

Architect, Curator and Educator
Founder of Index Architecture Limited, Educator at Hong Kong University

Anderson Lee did his Bachelor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1997. He has worked for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Steven Holl Architects, and in 2003, he founded Index Architecture Limited, a Hong Kong-based office where he is in charge of all projects.
Anderson is a registered architect in USA and Hong Kong. He is a Full Member of the American Institute of Architects, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, since 2003, as well as being Academic Director of the HKU Study Centre and Program Director of the Career Discovery Program.
In 2011 Anderson was appointed Chief Curator of the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale, and in 2018 he was elected the President of the American Institute of Architects (Hong Kong Chapter). He is the designated “Expert Community Planner” of the North Bund Community District in Shanghai. Anderson has been invited as design critics at universities in the US, China and Japan, and has been a design juror for the Asia Pacific Design Awards and Perspective Awards.
Index Architecture Limited has collected over 15 Design Honors and Merit Awards, and their works have been featured in design periodicals and journals and have been shown in a wide range of invited exhibitions and design forums.

Marta Tomasiak

Landscape Architect
Founder of Landscape Architecture Workshop

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.

Jakub Godzimirski

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.

Eli Skatvedt

Director, Curator and Writer
Director of Artica Svalbard

Eli Skatvedt, born in Horten, Norway, is a curator, researcher and writer with an international practice. She holds an MFA in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art, as well as an MA from Universität der Künste in Berlin, in Artistic Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice.
Eli has previously been working on exhibition projects at Museum Berggruen, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien and the Drawing Hub, as well as curating art projects in semi-public space in Berlin. In Norway, she has been working with Lofoten International Arts Festival (LIAF), Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tromsø Kunstforening, Kunst Pluss and Numer.
Eli is currently Director of Artica Svalbard (established 2016), an artist residency program and public program in Longyearbyen with an international program of art and culture. Artica was founded as a recognition that there is an urgency related to Polar regions due to climate change, and a recognition that the arts are a polar force capable of creating and discovering awareness, knowledge and debate about this urgency.

Ole Thomas Steinde
Student representative
M. Arch., Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Co-Founder of O-F-C

Student Representative
M. Arch., Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Co-Founder of O-F-C

Born 1991, Ole Thomas is a Master student at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He is currently in the Catharsis VII studio of Rolf Gerstlauer.
Ole Thomas started his architecture studies in 2014, and worked as an intern for Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects in 2017. He has a background in fashion from The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. In 2017, he co-founded the Norwegian multidisciplinary Office of Form and Contexture (O-F-C), where he functioned as Strategic Advisor and Project Coordinator. He has done part-time work as a gardener and garden consultant since 2010.
Ole Thomas has devoted his architecture studies to elaborate spatial conceptuality - and non-conceptuality. Using video, audio and non-traditional materials both as process and tools, he explores the tension between art and architecture.


Johanne Hoffmann


Project Manager

Stud. B. Arch The Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Nora Marie B. Kilstad


Project Manager

Stud. B. Arch The Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Tarjei Østrem Svalastog


Project Manager

Stud. B. Arch The Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Anne Lise Lizcano Ladegård


Project Manager

Stud. B. Arch The Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Kathrine Vangen

Project Manager

Stud. B. Arch The Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Gustav Cederblad Stamnes


Project Manager

Stud. B. Arch The Oslo School of Architecture and Design




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