Signe Kongebro is Global Design Director of Urbanism at Henning Larsen. She completed her studies in architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1999, joined Henning Larsen in 2001, and became a partner in 2008. In 2007, Signe founded Henning Larsen’s sustainability department, and to this day, she is one of the driving forces behind the practice's growing focus on sustainable construction in the industry. With extensive knowledge of environmentally friendly and resource-conscious design, Signe pioneers new methods for reducing carbon on an urban scale. This is evidenced by Henning Larsen's proposal for Fælledby, an all-timber neighborhood designed to reduce the carbon impact of the development and increase the area’s biodiversity in a balance of city and nature.
Signe has guided the design of a wide range of prestigious Henning Larsen projects, including the 15-minute city inspired Downsview Framework Plan set to be the largest transformational urban development project in Canada, and Volvo Campus Lundby, an existing industrial campus reconfigured into a vibrant public hub for 10,000+ staff, researchers, and students in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Additionally, Signe serves as the face of the practice in various respects and engages in close dialogue with public and private sector developers, potential clients, and stakeholders on the development of visions. She typically helps to shape strategies rooted in the client’s core values, thereby ensuring that quality remains the decisive parameter in future projects.
At the forefront of efforts to link innovation and new knowledge with architecture and urbanism, Signe is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and frequent contributor to the public discourse on cities, decarbonization and eco-friendly design at various global events.
In 2015, she was appointed Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Architecture Studies at Sheffield University. In addition to holding positions on several boards and advisory boards, Signe is a founding partner of initiatives such as the REBUS Partnership and Sustainable Build.
Henning Larsen, 2001
The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art, New York, 1998
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, 1999
The Architect as Process Manager, 2009
DGNB Consultant, 2012