Conference Speakers: Norway

Catherine Sunter (replacing Marius Nygaard)
Catherine Sunter is an architect and fulltime teaching/research assistant to Professor Marius Nygaard at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). During her 12 years in practice, Sunter has worked with award-winning architectural offices in London and Oslo, including the Stirling Prize–winner Haworth Tompkins. Her experience spreads across a range of typologies including theaters, housing, hospitals, and schools, often in complex, historic urban sites. Since 2011, She has been researching and teaching in the area of sustainable architecture and urban living. Sunter is presently working alongside Nygaard with the Wood/Be/Better project, an interdisciplinary and international research project aimed at increasing the use of wood as a building material in urban areas.

Tine Hegli
Tine Hegli is a senior architect at the internationally renowned architectural firm Snøhetta. She has been involved in numerous prestigious projects, including the Oslo Opera House, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, and the King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture in Saudi Arabia. Since 2011, Snøhetta has played a central role in the development of Powerhouse, pioneering work creating and constructing energy-positive commercial buildings in collaboration with the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB), run by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Hegli sits on the boards of both ZEB and the NTNU Faculty of Architecture and Design, where she earned her degree in 1997. One of the ZEB pilots, Plus House Larvik, was recently awarded the winner of the World Architecture News (WAN) Sustainable Building 2015. Hegli is also involved several other pilot projects, such as the Zero Village Bergen, where integrated design strategies are studied in a broader context emphasizing green mobility, area development, and the future of energy flexible buildings. She has been a featured speaker at numerous national and international conferences on the topic of architecture and sustainability. In Spring 2015, she was a visiting professor at the University of Oregon, teaching in the master’s program at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Cathrine Vigander
Cathrine Vigander is the co-owner and director, along with Vidar Knutsen, of the firm Element Arkitekter AS, based in Oslo. Born in Copenhagen, Vigander attended the Escuela Tècnica Superior de Barcelona and earned her architecture degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Before joining Element, Vigander worked at Henning Larsen Architects and her own firm Selma + Vigander, both in Copenhagen. Element is a creative studio that challenges the borders between architecture, design, and art. With an interdisciplinary approach, the firm believes that early collaboration between professions is crucial to developing solutions to today’s global challenges. The firm’s lauded works include the Teachers´ House in Oslo in 2009, which challenged traditional thinking by combining concrete, glass, art, and energy wells to achieve a low-energy building; and the D36 Green House, also Oslo, completed in 2013, which addresses the need for quality compact living in the city, featuring an “art façade” with printed ceramic. The project’s roof garden serves as a social, technical, and sustainable space. Vigander serves as a critic at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and has taught at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) as well as the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture.

Siv Helene Stangeland
Siv Helene Stangeland is a Norwegian architect and researcher based in Stavanger, Norway. She studied at the Technical University in Barcelona ETSAB and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), under Sverre Fehn and Christian Norberg-Schulz. In 1996, with Reinhard Kropf, she established the architectural office Helen & Hard, which today has offices in Stavanger and Oslo. Stangeland has taught at AHO, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Chalmers University in Gothenburg, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sheffield University, and Bartlett School of Architecture in London, among other schools, and has lectured widely. She is currently working on her creative practice Ph.D. at Århus School of Architecture. Helen & Hard has received several awards for its work, including the Norwegian National Award for Building and Environmental Design for the Pulpit Rock Mountain Lodge in Strand, and the Vennesla Library, both in Norway. The firm’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, Lisbon Biennale, and Manifesta 7. Helen & Hard won the competition to design the Norway Pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010, and its extensive body of built work has been published widely. A monograph documenting the firm’s work, Helen & Hard Relational Design, was published by Hatje Cantz in 2012.