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July 15, 2021
7 New Partners at BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Architects partners
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BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group adds to its leadership team with the announcement of seven new Partners, 33 new Associates, and one new Director. With the number of staff more than doubling in the last four years, the leadership expansion reflects BIG’s 20-year evolution as a global firm with a local presence, underscored by a holistic approach to design and development.
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10 Mar 2017
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group Engineering


March 9th, 2017 – BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has further strengthened its in-house capabilities by hiring Duncan Horswill—former CCO at Søren Jensen Engineers—to lead BIG Engineering, a new specialized unit dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally.

Newly minted BIG ENGINEERING is currently working on a wide range of projects, including the new NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands Education Centre.

Duncan Horswill, BIG Engineering:

Duncan Horswill, BIG Engineering

BIG will continue to collaborate with external engineering firms, including long-time collaborators AKT, ARUP, DeSimone, Thornton Tomasetti, BuroHappold, Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Bollinger + Grohmann, Ramboll, MKA among many others.

“At BIG we practice knowledge-driven design. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best urbanists, landscapers, sociologists, artists and engineers in the world, and will continue to do so. To be able to stretch the boundaries of the physical, financial, regulatory and environmental limits of design, we need to surround ourselves with the best experts in the fields outside our own expertise in architecture, and bring them in-house. As we started onboarding our own engineers, we have learned how much more impactful our design thinking can be when the expertise resides internally. Having engineers join our group of architects, product designers and landscape architects is the inevitable next step towards providing the silo-shattering interdisciplinary design innovation that we want to bring to the world.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG.

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai
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Duncan Horswill joins us as Director of BIG Engineering. Duncan was previously CCO at the Copenhagen-based office of Søren Jensen Engineers, where he led the Competitions Team to win a number of high-profile projects in Denmark and overseas. Prior to, Duncan co-founded the Computational Design Group at Ramboll UK, where he spearheaded a group of engineers and designers’ common ambition to explore how digital technology might resolve structural engineering and architectural design challenges.

New Google Headquarters at Kings Cross by BIG
Design: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios, architects
Google Headquarters at Kings Cross
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Duncan’s approach to engineering focuses on integrating technical knowledge into the architectural design process from day one, to co-create building concepts and elevate them to a new level. He advocates using a wide range of tools from analog sketching and physical modelling to high-tech computational design and digital fabrication. Notable projects include BIG’s Astana National Library and Tallinn Town Hall. Duncan will be responsible for building BIG Engineering’s capabilities across the firm and ensuring the highest level of creative engagement and technical excellence.

San Pellegrino Factory Building by BIG
S Pellegrino Flagship Factory
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“This is a fantastic opportunity to work once again with BIG at the highest level of design. Over the past 19 years I have enjoyed working on some of the world’s most ambitious developments and projects for a range of architects and clients. I am now looking forward to breaking down the traditional barriers that have existed between architects and engineers, and to helping redefine the role of the engineer, not as a problem solver but as a genuine creative force who’s aim is to explore, not to reduce.” Duncan Horswill, Head of BIG Engineering.

Sluishuis IJburg Building by BIG
Design: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects
Sluishuis IJburg Building in Amsterdam
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While engineering has always been a vital part of the design process, BIG has more recently developed technical skills with the establishment of BIG Ideas. This specialist group works closely with architects and in-house disciplines in industrial design, workplace consultancy and materials research to bring wide-ranging expertise to every project.

“Having realized more complex and unprecedented design concepts in the past few years, we have learned that we can be in a better position to save our clients time and money when we have a BIG Engineering team capable of predicting and resolving challenges ahead of time. BIG Engineering will focus on securing the integrity of each project’s design concepts by bringing the structural and mechanical elements into every aspect of the design gestation.” Sheela Maini Sogaard, CEO & Partner, BIG.


6 Dec 2012

Bjarke Ingels News

Bjarke Ingels in Sydney for HASSELL and AIA, Australia

As one commentator memorably put it, theory meets pragmatism, meets optimism in the architecture of Bjarke Ingels.

Bjarke Ingels
picture from HASSELL

All three were on display last night when he spoke at the Australian Institute of Architects in Sydney at an event sponsored by HASSELL.

So were the creativity and passion he brings to a wide range of urban renewal and development projects, not just in Denmark where he originates from, but also in Europe, North America and China.

Film on YouTube

Ingels heads up the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) which has been invited by HASSELL to visit Sydney to explore the potential for future project collaborations. The common design values and easy fit between BIG and HASSELL make it a powerful team.

Bjarke Ingels architect
picture © BIG

Bjarke Ingels originally wanted to be a cartoonist, and only began to study architecture in 1993 to help improve his drawing skills. He is obviously still interested in cartooning: his ‘Yes is More’ manifesto is available in comic book form.

He has put his manifesto into practice in a wide range of innovative, award-winning projects, often with collaborators.

Ingels and BIG have worked on numerous urban development projects such as:

Slussen in Stockholm, Sweden:
Slussen Stockholm
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– a place which connects the northern and southern parts of the city and remains a centrepoint for traffic but has been turned into an urban leisure zone focused on the pedestrian

Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark by BIG, Topotek1 and Superflex
Street furniture on a coloured carpet of grass and rubber:
Superkilen Copenhagen Superkilen design by Bjarke Ingels Group
pictures © BIG
– an innovative public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, stretching 750 metres. Many of the objects in the park come from other countries that represent the ethnic diversity of the neighbourhood. They include swings from Iraq, benches from Brazil, a fountain from Morocco and litter bins from England.

Ingels’ concept of ‘hedonistic sustainability’ is nowhere more evident than in one of the projects he is currently working on – a waste-to-energy plant that will have ski slopes on the roof. The unlikely combination of green energy and alpine sport was the winning bid in a competition to design a new waste-to-energy plant which aims to be one of the cleanest in the world when it opens in 2016.

In October 2011, the Wall Street Journal named Ingels the Innovator of the Year for architecture. This year, the same newspaper said he was ‘rapidly becoming one of the design world’s rising stars’.

BIG : all projects by Bjarke Ingels Group

Building News from Bjarke Ingels Group in 2011

FRAC Cultural Center in Bordeaux, France
BIG have been shortlisted along with SANAA, W-Architectes (Toulouse) and Flint (Bordeaux). BIG will be producing a proposal for this French project over the summer

2 Dec 2011


BIG + Kollision + Schmidhuber & Partner team up to bring BIG’s vision of future urban mobility to life for AUDI at Design Miami / 2011, running from November 30th through December 4th adjacent to Art Basel Miami Beach. BIG originally presented the concept as an entry for the 2010 AUDI Urban Future Award introducing a future city paved with a digital surface that liberates the streets from existing boundaries and allows for a new flexibility of public use.

AUDI Urban Future Award Concept Design Miami 2011 AUDI Urban Future Award Concept Design Miami 2011 AUDI Urban Future Award Concept Design Miami 2011 AUDI Urban Future Award Concept Design Miami design by Bjarke Ingels Group
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The 190 m2 three-dimensional LED installation provides a glimpse of the future city where the public space is shared between pedestrians and driverless cars. The entire surface would be infused with a continuous flow of information allowing for real-time interaction between vehicles and their environment. Mounted above the Design Miami installation, 3D cameras track the movement of passers-by processing the data into a generative artwork that feeds back into the LED panels.

“Our pavilion for AUDI renders visible the invisible forces that flow through our city – the driverless car is relying on sophisticated sensory and computational technology that constantly observes and calculates the dynamic space that the living city constitutes. The result is an architecture of movement whose forms have not been predetermined by the architect but are constantly being recomposed by the people populating the pavilion.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Partner, BIG.

AUDI Urban Future Award Concept Design Miami 2011 design by Bjarke Ingels Group AUDI Urban Future Award Concept Design Miami 2011 AUDI Urban Future Award Concept Design Miami 2011 AUDI Urban Future Award Concept Design Miami 2011 by BIG
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BIG Video, Copenhagen
CNN / Future Cities episode on BIG / Bjarke Ingels with views of buildings by BIG in Copenhagen, 20 Jun : BIG architects – ‘Hedonistic sustainability in Copenhagen’ video

Building News from Bjarke Ingels Group in 2010

Yes is More Exhibition, Arc en Rêve, Bordeaux, France 18 Jun – 30 Sep
Yes is More Exhibition design by Bjarke Ingels Group
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Jakob Lange accepting award for Mountain Dwellings, 5 Aug 2009
Jakob Lange
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First BIG solo exhibition
DAC (Danish Architecture Center), Copenhagen
21 Feb – 31 May 2009

Venice Architecture Biennale Danish Pavilion, Italy : Exhibition Information

Older Projects by BIG

Major Projects by BIG, alphabetical:

BIG House, Southern Ørestad, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark
Big House Copenhagen design by Bjarke Ingels Group
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BIG House – renamed on completion as 8 house (see up the page)

Copenhagen Havnebad, Denmark
Design: PLOT / BIG
Copenhagen Havnebad design by Bjarke Ingels Group
photo © Adrian Welch
Copenhagen Project

Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Sjælland, Denmark
Danish Maritime Museum
image from Bjarke Ingels Group

LEGO Housing, Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark
LEGO Houses by Bjarke Ingels Group Denmark
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Lego Houses

Psychiatric Hospital, Helsingør Building, Sjælland, Denmark
Helsingør Building by Bjarke Ingels Group / PLOT
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Helsingør Building

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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, northern Europe / New York City, NY, USA

BIG Practice Information

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group : Practice Profile

BIG Architects office based in Copenhagen

Key Development by Bjarke Ingels Group
“The Mountain Dwellings are the 2nd generation of the VM Houses – same client, same size and same street. The program, however, is 2/3 parking and 1/3 living. What if the parking area became the base upon which to place terraced housing – like a concrete hillside covered by a thin layer of housing, cascading from the 11th floor to the street edge?

Rather than doing two separate buildings next to each other – a parking and a housing block – we decided to merge the two functions into a symbiotic relationship. The parking area needs to be connected to the street, and the homes require sunlight, fresh air and views, thus all apartments have roof gardens facing the sun, amazing views and parking on the 10th floor. The Mountain Dwellings appear as a suburban neighbourhood of garden homes flowing over a 10-storey building – suburban living with urban density”.

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Maritime Youth House, Copenhagen, Denmark : PLOT
Maritime Youth House Copenhagen by PLOT
photo: Julien De Smedt

Sjakket Youth House, Copenhagen, Denmark : PLOT
Sjakket Youth House
photograph © Vegar Moen

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