On February 25, 2011, Bjarke Ingels, award winning Danish architect and author, delivered a lecture to NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students on his architecture and how the evolution of political, economic, and social issues in today's society is manifested in architecture designs. The insightful and at times humorous presentation, "YES is More", was delivered at the Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park.
"Bjarke's architectural style is inspirational and mind-stretching," said Dr. Steve Altman, president of NSAD. "He has championed a bold, fresh, and progressive atmosphere and he will certainly set the stage for new ideas, a new provocative approach to design and urbanism, as well as feed the flames for a new philosophical debate in years to come."
Ingels launched Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001. For three years Ingels worked at OMA in Rotterdam. While there, he created a series of award-winning design projects and buildings that established his reputation as part of a new generation of architects who combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility and humor.
Recently, Ingels was rated as one of the 100 most creative people in business by New York based Fast Company magazine. Alongside his architectural practice, he has been active as a visiting professor at Rice University's School of Architecture and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is currently visiting Professor at Harvard University where he is teaching a joint studio with the Business School and the Graduate School of Design.
Ingels was awarded the European Prize for Architecture in 2010, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004 for the Stavanger Concert House, and the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses in 2005. The Mountain, a concept for providing housing and parking space, received numerous awards including the World Architecture Festival Housing Award, Forum Aid Award and the MIPIM Residential Development Award.
Ingels studied architecture at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona, receiving his diploma in 1998. As a third-year student, he set up his first practice and won his first competition. From 1998-2001 he worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture and Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam.
If you would like to view a recording of the presentation that Bjarke delivered during his visit, please visit the NewSchool of Architecture and Design’s website (http://www.newschoolarch.edu/564.htm)