Michael Sørensen is a designer, director, and Partner at Henning Larsen, and leads the firm’s New York office. A truly global citizen, Michael was born in Australia, raised in South Africa, and returned to Denmark in his youth, completing his architectural studies at the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2000. Following mentorships at architectural and landscape firms in Copenhagen, Michael joined Henning Larsen in 2006.
Within the firm’s collaborative design culture and during his initial years with the practice, Michael worked on teams responsible for 1st prize design competitions and award-winning projects across a broad typological spectrum and in various urban and natural surroundings throughout Scandinavia. Michael’s experience includes cultural destinations such as Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark and Leûthens Cultural Garden in Trondheim, Norway; sustainable, interdisciplinary learning environments such as Lillebaelt Academy in Odense and Campus Roskilde in Denmark; highly complex projects such as the European Spallation Source in Lund, Sweden and the DNR Research Institute in Oslo, Norway; and Egedal Town Hall in Denmark and Uppsala City Hall in Sweden—civic forums at the heart of their communities.
In 2015, Michael initiated the design for the firm’s first commission in the United States: the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business is a $120M forum for students, faculty, and visitors, whose green-roofed design, massing, and indoor/outdoor spaces are inspired both by microclimate analysis and the surrounding landscape and paths that define the campus masterplan. Subsequently, Michael spearheaded the firm’s first North American projects from Copenhagen, among which the Etobicoke Civic Center in Toronto and the Ryerson University Innovation in Science Building.
In the summer of 2019, Michael and his family relocated from Copenhagen to New York City. Michael leads the New York office and the firm’s North American projects, which now total nearly 10 million square feet in design and under construction. Non-confidential projects include the Minneapolis New Public Service Building in Minnesota, the Raleigh Civic Tower in North Carolina, Visa Headquarters in San Francisco’s Mission Rock, the Harvard Enterprise Research Campus in Massachusetts, and the Downsview Masterplan in Toronto.
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.
Henning Larsen has recently been named as one of three finalists for the design of the future Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, to be located in the Badlands of North Dakota.
Henning Larsen, 2006
Aarhus School of Architecture, 2000