Europa: Nordic Countries @ RIBA, London [28 November]

Europa: Nordic Countries

19:00 - 20:30

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66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD London, United Kingdom
The third talk of EUROPA: Connecting Ideas Across Borders #RIBAEuropa

​Hear from architecture practices Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter and Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects at the RIBA.


Tham & Videgård are based in Stockholm and directed by co-founders and lead architects Bolle Tham (b.1970) and Martin Videgård (b.1968). Since the start in 1999 the practice has attracted attention for its experimental approach and innovative built works. Tham & Videgård’s projects have won several national and international awards and twice the Kasper Salin Prize for best new Architecture in Sweden.

Major works include the new School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Kalmar Museum of Art, the Moderna Museet Malmö (the Swedish Museum of Modern Art), Västra Kajen housing in Jönköping, the Uppsala Department store, the Creek House and the Mirrorcube for the Tree Hotel in Harads.

Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård are members of the Swedish Royal Academy of Arts and also teach and lecture at schools of architecture in Sweden and abroad. In 2014-2015 they were invited guest professors at the PBSA Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf. In 2017 El Croquis published the fifth monograph on the work of Tham & Videgård. Later this year the practice will exhibit as the only Nordic participants at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter is a young architectural practice based in Aarhus, Denmark. The office was established in 2008 by Johan Gjøde and Niels Povlsgaard upon their graduation from the Aarhus School of Architecture and currently employs 10 architects including the founding partners.

Starting up in a time of financial crisis the office has made it a trademark to initiate projects on their own. Looking at a specific place and coming up with simple ideas on how to change things for the better is what motivates the work of Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter. The office explores the field of architecture at all scales and has done a variety of projects from installations and exhibition design to building design and landscape.

Currently the office is doing exhibition design for a number of Danish museums and working on a couple of large scale housing and office projects for private developers. In addition to that the office has recently designed a series of temporary pavilions for the homeless that have been installed around the city of Aarhus in an attempt to open a dialogue on how the public space can be more inclusive and embrace diversity.


Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects started their collaboration in 1995 with the Women’s Centre project in Senegal. Today, their activities span from interiors to urban planning. They work in Finland as well as with several underprivileged communities in low resource settings.

The group believes in innovations by investigation, where the landscape, sensitivity towards materials and site-specific interventions are the means for a new architecture. Their works have been honoured with both national and international prestigious awards and have been published and exhibited widely.

Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects have been invited as guest speakers all over the world. Alongside with the artistic work they all work at Aalto University, Helsinki. Saija Hollmén is the Vice Dean at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Jenni Reuter is working as an associate professor in Architectural Principles and Theory and Helena Sandman is part of the New Global research group as a doctoral candidate. The group have founded Ukumbi NGO in 2007. Ukumbi is a Finnish non-governmental organisation that offers architectural services for communities in need.


The EUROPA Talks Series is generously supported by L.K.E. Ozolins and The London Community Foundation and Cockayne — Grants for the Arts. Additional support has been providing by The Danish Embassy and TAP.
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