• Søren Øllgaard

    Design Director Europe/ Partner
    +45 8233 3076
    +45 2715 0276

    Drawing on his sharp sense of concept development, Søren focuses primarily on competitions in Denmark, Sweden and France. As the head partner for the French market, he recently spearheaded the team behind Henning Larsen’s first winning project in France, The European Medicines Agency (EMA) Headquarters in Lille. This building embodies Henning Larsen’s approach to stimulating working environments with optimal use of natural daylight, a comfortable indoor climate and green outdoor spaces. It is also a shining example of Søren’s deep understanding of architecture’s unique ability create identity for companies and comfort for employees. Søren is a strategic thinker with extensive experience in dynamic concept development, workshops and communication with large companies and user groups. These talents also made him the natural choice to head commercial projects such as Nordea Bank in Ørestaden and the Novo Nordisk Headquarters in Bagsværd.

    He also has considerable experience with construction on waterfronts, including posts as design director for Sønderborg Tower Hotel & Waterpark on Sønderborg Harbor and for the award-winning residential complex Bølgen (The Wave) at Vejle Fjord. 

    Søren’s approach to the design process is characterized by co-creative and dialog-oriented architecture. He successfully integrated these traits into Nordea’s headquarters, a building that sets new standards for openness in the financial sector, with features such as an atrium open to the public, while consideration of future generations is evident in its sustainable profile and ambitious LEED Platinum certification. Søren also headed the winning competition team for Tingsretten (District Court) in Malmö, Sweden, whose design is rooted in the concepts of transparency and openness in the workings of the judicial system.

    In recent years, Søren has acquired gained in-depth experience with turnkey contracts. He was at the forefront of the competition for Göteborg City Gate, the Swedish city of Gothenburg’s distinctive new landmark. This 30-story office building was realized through a fruitful collaboration with Skanska, while the EMA headquarters in Lille was designed in tandem with Bouygues Construction. 

    In 2013, Søren completed the Creative Leadership of Knowledge Companies course of studies. He has also served as a jury member for the Danish Academic Architectural Association and is an examiner at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and at Aarhus School of Architecture.  

    Professional experience

    Henning Larsen, 1999


    Aarhus School of Architecture, 1991

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