Bjarke Ingels is a cultural innovator. Ingels started BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious.
Named one of the most innovative companies in architecture by Fast Company, BIG, is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes.
Some of Bjarke’s designs include the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the Mountain Dwellings and the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen, the Grove at Grand Bay residences in Miami and the West 57 apartment project in Manhattan. Up next, Bjarke will be designing Google’s corporate headquarters, the Mountain View Googleplex.
Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011 and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award.
Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, and the World Economic Forum.
Bjarke currently resides in Copenhagen.
"Bjarke was great. He had a really good presentation on the projects he's working on. We had around 700 architects to see him. He really understood the project and he has a lot to offer in his expertise. He has a great vision for innovating."- NomadX Movement Festival