• He knows what the future brings at 120 meters (or more)

      Julian Chen is originally from Australia and he’s a trained architect. Today he is a Senior Architect and the Danish Representative at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He has been with Henning Larsen since 2007.

    • What interests you most about your job?

      I am typically involved in the early and middle phases of a project where my interest in architectural tectonics and building technology can help shape the design. I particularly enjoy the dynamics between the abstract concepts and the practical physics, both being essential ingredients for great architecture. This is especially relevant in the tall building typology, which I have a great passion for. I also have the opportunity to work on projects in many parts of the world and get to experience first-hand how buildings are designed and built in different cultural contexts and climates.

      Do you remember what it was like to start at Henning Larsen? And how do you take care of new colleagues?

      I was like a tourist. I did not speak Danish back then, but that didn’t stop me from taking part in the conversations and being part of the social aspects. Today I have colleagues from all over the world. 

      What do you most value at Henning Larsen?

      Whilst being very international, we still retain a strong culture of playful “Scandinavianness” in the way we work, and I am proud to have acquired that culture.

      Which project makes you most proud?

      Queensland University of Technology Education Precinct Building in Brisbane, Australia. I was the lead architect working along with our local partner in Brisbane. It was a relatively small building (around 10,000 sqm) but it was interesting and, at times, challenging to run the project from the other side of the planet.  And, of course, having our design built in my hometown is part of the joy.

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