A skilled and adventurous sailor, Copenhagen’s harbor holds a special place in Lars’ heart. During his tenure as Partner at JJW Architects, he was instrumental in the development of Skolen i Sydhavnen (the School of the South Harbor), a maritime and science-based school located on a canal in Copenhagen’s former industrial district, Teglholmen. The school design celebrates the harbor as a learning environment and community harbor house at a human-scale. The roof terrace folds down directly to the water, offering students and neighborhood locals a cultural meeting point for learning and play. The design has earned international acclaim, including being crowned as the “Best School in the World” by World Architecture News.
Lars believes architecture is about designing for people. He believes user-driven design is a balance between pragmatic solutions and value-based design, yet this always requires a willingness and curiosity to try something new.
For the past 11 years, Camilla has been a leading design force behind Gehl – the global urban research and design consultancy based here in Copenhagen. Her work encompasses people-first urban design strategies, masterplanning frameworks, and citizen engagement initiatives for local and international clients and communities.
As the newly appointed City Architect for the City of Copenhagen, Camilla’s professional profile will support the municipality’s visionary architectural policy and urban development policy “Architecture for the People.”
Her distinguished experience co-creating cities in Denmark and abroad will serve as an important resource to communicate, qualify, and direct social, economic, and environmental design decisions relating to the ever-evolving urban development throughout Copenhagen.