International architectural practice
With more than 20 years’ experience schmidt hammer lassen architects is one of Scandinavia’s most recognised, award-winning architectural practices committed to innovative and sustainable design. The practice has offices located in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Oslo and London.
schmidt hammer lassen architects has established an international reputation for projects that interact with their urban context. The practice places particular emphasis on the use of natural light as an integral part of the design process. The functionality (meeting the specific needs of the users) of each project is also key, as are all aspects of sustainability. Where possible, the practice will explore the vital relationship between art, design and architecture.
Danish Association of Architectural Firms chartered practice
Royal Institue of British Architects (RIBA) chartered practice
Common to all the practice’s work is a democratic approach to architecture which creates modern, open and multi-functional spaces that are consistent with schmidt hammer lassen architects’ ethical considerations – a building revolves around people and is not merely an architectonic shape. Architecture should be closely integrated with its surroundings, with profound consideration of its functions and social context. schmidt hammer lassen architects designs buildings that are essentially open to the outside world.
The practice has a distinguished track record as designers of high-profile cultural buildings, such as art galleries, educational complexes and libraries. Recent projects include the Amazon Court office building in Prague, the City of Westminster College in London, the Thor Heyerdahl School in Norway, Aberdeen University New Library in Scotland and a number of construction projects and masterplans in China, with a total of approximately one and a half million square metres currently under development.
In Scandinavia, schmidt hammer lassen architects is best known for the prestigious extension to the Royal Library “The Black Diamond”, the ARoS Museum of Art in Aarhus and the Nuuk Cultural Centre in Greenland.
The practice is deeply rooted in the Scandinavian architectural traditions based on democracy, welfare, aesthetics, light, sustainability and social responsibility.
schmidt hammer lassen architects was founded in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1986 by architects Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer and John Lassen. Today, the practice has grown substantially and employs 175 staff. The group of partners has also grown and now includes Kim Holst Jensen, Stephen D. Willacy, along with three associate partners. Day-to-day management of the practice is the responsibility of CEO Bente Damgaard.
Professional management team
We have headhunted non-architects to key positions in the organization. The strategy is to have top professionals who will help define the organization filling important roles from board to management level.