Snøhetta gives lecture at Royal Academy of Arts

 Location:England, London

Award winning architects Kjetil Thorsen and Craig Dykers, co-founders of Norwegian architectural practice Snøhetta and designers of Oslo’s acclaimed new National Opera & Ballet House, will deliver the 2009 Royal Academy of Arts Annual Architecture Lecture on Monday 13 July.

Snøhetta was founded in 1989 and the company is now based in Oslo and New York. They have won numerous awards, recently picking up the prestigious Mies van der Rohe award for National Opera & Ballet House in Oslo, and winning the coveted Aga Khan award in 2004. Some of their latest completed projects include the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, The Norwegian Embassy in Berlin and the Serpentine Pavilion in London.

Snøhetta’s Norwegian heritage provide the practice with a unique understanding that promotes social and environmental consciousness, and during the first years of the 21st century the practice continues to develop its understanding of context and the conditions within which its ideas are considered. This has in turn led to Snøhetta developing a reputation for maintaining a strong relationship between landscape and architecture in all of its projects. Snøhetta also place great emphasis on protecting and preserving the environment, and aim to design “accessible habitats adapted to the surrounding culture, climate and eco-system.”

The Royal Academy’s Annual Architecture Lecture was first given by Norman Foster in 1991. Since then several of the world’s most respected and revered architects have had the honour of addressing the Royal Academy at their annual lecture on architecture. Recent speakers include Kengo Kuma, Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza and Renzo Piano, and the 19th lecture will be delivered by Kjetil Thorsen and Craig Dykers.

The Royal Academy’s 19th Annual Architecture Lecture
Given by Kjetil Thorsen & Craig Dykers
Monday 13 July, 6.45pm
In the Main Galleries
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London W1J 0BD

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The Opera House in Oslo opened in April 2008 and has since won numerous awards across the world.Photo: Jiri Havran

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