Snøhetta to discuss equality and sustainability at UIA World Congress of Architects

The UIA World Congress of Architects takes place in Copenhagen from 2-6 July, and will explore and highlight architecture’s potential to shape better societies and create a more sustainable built environment.

During the congress, Snøhetta will participate in four talks about topics ranging from diversity, embodied emissions, accessibility through design, and visions for the future of architecture.

Monday 3 July 11.15-12.15

All of Those That Shape Our World:
Madame Architect on Stories and Lessons for a New Way Forward

Panel discussion on what it means to have our world designed by a variety of voices, hosted by Julia Gamolina, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of, in conversation with Sheela Søgaard, CEO at BIG, Nyasa Harper-Michon, Business Developer at UNStudio and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Founding Partner and Architect at Snøhetta.  

Bella Center, room C1M1

Monday 3 July 17.30-19.00

OBEL AWARD Talks: Embodied emissions

CO2 is being discussed everywhere, but what are the enablers and barriers for architects to take a leading role in driving down emissions? This panel discussion, with Q&A, will touch on embodied emissions by, and from, materials, methods, tools, circularity, decisioning acceptance, behaviour, as well as the question of accounting.

Meet Sam Draper, co-founder of Seratech and OBEL AWARD 2022 winner, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, co-founder of Snøhetta and OBEL AWARD juror, Matthias Schuler, founder of Transsolars, Martha Lewis, Head of Materials at Henning Larsen Architects and Albert Taylor, Co Founder and Director at AKT II.

The session is moderated by Chris Luebkeman, Strategic Foresight at ETH-Zürich.

Dansk Arkitektur Center, 10 Bryghusgade

Photo by Helene Sandberg / Seratech

Tuesday 4 July 13.15-14.45

Design for equality

How can more equal opportunities be achieved through our built environment, public spaces and universal design? And how can we as a collective industry help protect basic human rights and create a fairer society for future generations? This session will explore these questions and challenge how the building industry can use architecture and design as tools for social equality, thriving communities and a healthier planet.

The event will be hosted by Kjetil Trædal Thorsen in conversation with Sif Holst, Vice Chair of Disabled People's Organizations Denmark, Emmanuelle Valersteinas, Project Director and Architect at Snøhetta Paris and Hedda Foss Lilleng, Managing Director at Snøhetta Design.   

Bella Center, room C1M1

The session will deep dive into Snøhetta's project of relocating two French asylum courts where the buildings, landscape, interior, and wayfinding are designed to create a space where everyone will be treated equally regardless of their background.

Photo: Aesthetica Studio

Wednesday 5 July 12.00-13.00

Visions for the future of Architecture
- a dialogue three perspectives: organizational, professional, educational

Architecture policy makers, leaders and educators need updated tools for creating and protecting long-term architectural qualities. How may architects innovate the architecture firms we lead or work for, influence every project we design, and prepare every student we educate - by applying new value-drivers encouraging innovation, and building the skills and resilience needed to meet unforeseen future demands?

Introduction by Jan Christian Vestre, Norwegian Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, followed by discussion with an Icelandic and Norwegian panel:

Sigríður Maack, Architect & Chairman of the Icelandic Association of Architects
Kristján Ôrn Kjartansson, Architect & Partner KRADS
Anna María Bogadóttir, Prof. Architect, Iceland's University of the Arts
Irene A. Lønne, Dean Oslo School of Architecture, Architect, Ph.D.
Adnan Harambasic, Architect, Chairman of the Board and President of the National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL)
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Architect and Founding Partner, Snøhetta

The event is moderated by Erlend Seilskjær, Architect, Project leader, FutureBuilt Innovation Program.

Bella Center, Nordic Pavilion (Stand E-014)