Michael Sørensen is Design Director and Partner at Henning Larsen, leading the firm’s New York office and projects in North America, which currently total over 10 million square feet in design and under construction.
Across all projects, Michael brings Henning Larsen’s DNA to life: he is committed to context-driven design, the importance of daylight, and a co-creative process defined by research and dialogue to drive innovative, inspiring spaces and places for the communities they serve. His ability to distill complex project parameters and transform them into conceptual drivers is ultimately centered in the belief that, at its core, architecture is about creating spaces that foster human relations.
As Design Director responsible for several large-scale projects around the globe, Michael has achieved a unique competence in the modern building process and working with large, multinational teams of consultants and clients to maintain a strong concept throughout all phases of design. Taking a context-driven approach to the design process, he tackles every project based on the conviction that architecture must speak directly to its users and give back to the society in which it exists. The first project to be completed in North America, the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, was recently praised by the Dean as “remarkably vibrant with a welcoming energy, values attributed to the design and magnified during the (Covid-19) pandemic.” The recently completed Public Service Building in Minneapolis was declared by the Star-Tribune to be “one of finest works of contemporary architecture that downtown has seen in years, perhaps generations.”
Currently, Michael is leading the design of various civic, cultural, mixed-use, and higher education projects throughout North America including the Raleigh Civic Tower in North Carolina, Amazon’s new Boston offices and Performing Arts Center in the Seaport District, the University of Toronto Mississauga´s ACT Building, the Etobicoke Civic Centre in Toronto, and the Downsview Framework Plan, the largest development underway in North America.
A truly global citizen, Michael was born in Australia, raised in South Africa, and returned to Denmark to complete his architectural studies at the Aarhus School of Architecture before joining Henning Larsen in 2006. In the summer of 2019, Michael and his family relocated from Copenhagen to New York City where he leads the office’s North American projects. When taking a break from ideating Michael can be spotted in Brooklyn walking the family dog, Roxy, or setting up camp in one of America’s natural marvels.
Henning Larsen, 2006
Aarhus School of Architecture, 2000