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25th August

GRO BONESMO Partner / Partner In Charge
Gro Bonesmo is an architect based in Oslo. She is founder of Space Group, and a professor at the Oslo School of
Architecture and Design. She was awarded a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from the School of Architecture, Columbia University, and she is a graduate of the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim.
She also studied at the Sci-Arc in Switzerland and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She has taught at the Oslo School of Architecture since 1999, and at Columbia and Harvard Universities and the Royal Danish Academy of Copenhagen. In the period of 1990-1998 she collaborated with Rem Koolhaas and OMA where she was a Project Architect for the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.

GARY BATES Partner / Principal
Gary Bates founded Space Group Oslo with Gro Bonesmo in 1999. A designer and architect, Gary cultivates a thorough research as an integral part of the design process and the office quickly made it’s mark with projects such as
Prostneset Ferry Terminal in Tromsø, Vestbane National Library, Filipstad Masterplan, and the conceptual work for The Meeting Room of the Future. This research culminated in 2008 with the curation of the Oslo Architecture Trienalle under the title The Culture of Risk. Gary Bates studied at Virginia Polytechnic University & State University (1985 - 1990). Bates began his collaboration with Rem Koolhaas in 1992 at OMA where he became a director, and from 1995-1998, a principal in charge of the Asian desk.

Adam Kurdahl, born in Copenhagen, is a partner in Space Group Architects. He studied Architecture and Urbanism at Delft University, the Netherlands and at Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark from where he received his degree. In 2000 Adam Kurdahl won the first prize in the in the “ArchiPrix International” for his thesis project for the master plan for Rotterdam Central Station. Prior to the establishment of Space Group, Kurdahl worked with OMA on several urban and large scale projects. Adam Kurdahl has wide experience in works of all scales from private residences, infrastructure hubs to large scale urban planning. Kurdahl has taught at The Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen, Politecnico di Milano and Oslo School of Architecture.

26th August

Visual Artist

Jorunn Sannes is born in Haugesund, Norway and educated at SHKS in Oslo in 1985.
After her studies at SHKS, Institute of textiles, she have been working in different medias.
A one-year scholarship in Mexico at the Rufino Tamayo Institute in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1989 gave her the opportunity to study colours on paper and fabric. Since this same year she have been taking part in several competitions together with architects and creating large scale public art work on different buildings. The complexity of these tasks has led to involvement of different specialists and professionals generating situations of teamwork; a working situation she enjoys.
Jorunn Sannes has been involved in a variety of art projects .
Among others the exterior stone wall of The Library Alexandrina in Egypt and the marble roof of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in collaboration with Snøhetta. A 250m2 glass façade at the new conference centre for the teachers organisation,Lærernes Hus,  in Oslo in collaboration with Elements Architects, and Kulturtorvet in Vigeland, one large window free and wooden façade of 7,5m height and 7,5 m width.

Partner and co-founder of Snøhetta

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, born in the Norwegian city of Haugesund and spent most of his childhood on the neighbouring coastal island of Karmøy.
After several school years in Germany and the UK he graduated as Dipl. Ing. Architect in Graz, Austria in 1985.  The year after he cofounded the first Norwegian Gallery for architecture, Gallery ROM.
In 1989 he cofounded the multidisciplinary architectural practice Snøhetta.
Since the creation of Snøhetta, he has been instrumental in the projects developed by the practice such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt; the New National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway; Inmed Research Facility in Marseille, France; The Serpentine Summer Pavilion with Olafur Eliasson, London, UK; the Ground Zero Memorial Pavilion, NY, NY and lately the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture in Dahran, Saudi Arabia.
He is a frequent lecturer internationally and from 2004 to 2008 he was professor of architecture at the Institute of Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

27th August


François Roche is the principal of New-Territories (R&Sie(n) / ). He is based mainly in BKK, , sometimes in Paris, R&Sie(n), and at fall time NY, Gsapp
Through these different structures, his architectural works and protocols seek to articulate the real and/or fictional, the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them. / Web site: www.new-territories.com
François Roche architectural designs and processes have been show at, among other places, Columbia University (New York, 1999-2000), UCLA (Los Angeles, 1999-2000), ICA (London, 2001), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2003), MAM / Musée d'Art Moderne (Paris, 2005, 2006), the Tate Modern (London 2006) and Orléans/ArchiLab (1999, 2001, 2003). Work by R&Sie(n), New-Territories were selected for exhibition at the French pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennales of 1990, 1996, 2000 and 2002 (they rejected the invitation that year), and for the international section in en 2000, 2004 and 2008 and in the last one, International and Austrian Pavilion, in September 2010…
Among the teaching positions held by François Roche over the last decade is guest professor at the Bartlett School in London in 2000, the Vienna TU in 2001, the Barcelona ESARQ in 2003-04, the Paris ESA in 2005, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2006, the Angewangde in Vienna in 2008, the USC-Los Angeles in 2009-10-11 and currently Columbia, GSAPP every fall time since 2006.

New-Territories unfold their protocols through the re-staging of different kinds of contemporary relationships: aesthetical, machinist, computational and even artificial. They employ speculations and fictions as operative strategies to unalienate operative modes and infiltrate “media culture” in order to subvert its conventions. They consider architectural identity as emanating from uncertainty principles defined through provisional processes and forms in which animism, vitalism and mechanism become vectors of dynamic mutations.
They critically engage contemporary technology in experiments alchemically mixing Eros and Thanatos to develop deliberately ambiguous scenarios that fuse realities that would seem immiscible. Their synthetic devices works out possible somewhere between attractions and aversions, simultaneously mixes of obstacles and possibilities, waste material and efflorescence, threats and protections, mechanical powers and natural forces. Here everything is intertwined and knotted, in the process of becoming, in a movement in becoming. “Let yourself slip through their work and feel its silky and strange texture as terrifies and caresses you.”


Diaz Alonso is the principal and founder of Xefirotarch, a practice base in Los Angeles.
Considered one of the most influential voices of his generation, before becoming the Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc Diaz Alonso has served for the past several years as Distinguish Professor of Architecture and the Graduate Thesis Coordinator at SCI-Arc. Previously, he has taught as a design studio professor at Columbia University GSAPP and  he is the head studio professor in the "Excessive" post-graduate program at the Universitat fur angewandte Kunst in Wien, Austria. He was recently honored by Yale University with the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship of Architectural Design for fall 2010.
Diaz Alonso has lecture widely in the major institutions around the world. His architecture designs have received numerous awards and have been exhibited in both architecture and art museums exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, Archilab, Beijing and London Biennale. His work has been largely published in the major magazines and periodicals worldwide and multiple books, including the Monograph “Excessive”, his next monograph is schedule to be publish in 2013 by Thames and Hudson.
His work was the subject of the solo shows at the San Francisco MoMa in 2006, the Art Institute in Chicago; MAK centre in Vienna in 2007 and is schedule for a solo show at the Pompidou Center in 2014.
In 2005 was the winner of the PS1 MoMa, New York, Young architect Program’s Pavilion.
His work is part of the permanent collections of the FRAC Center, the San Francisco MoMa, Art Institute of Chicago, MAK centre in Vienna, TB 21 in Vienna and the New York MoMa.


Partner of the Vienna-based Architecture firm SPAN, founded together with Sandra Manninger in 2003. His award winning architecture designs are informed by a ecology of sources including Romanticism, Geometry, Biology and Botany. Employing among the most sophisticated computational design and fabrication tools, SPAN has become one of the leading companies within a new generation of form based practices in Europe. Their work has been exhibited widely as part of group exhibitions, and in form of a solo show in the MAK, Vienna 2011. Del Campo graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and received the MAK Schindler Scholarship in 2006. In 2008 and 2010 he served as Curator for the Architecture Biennale in Beijing. In 2010 SPAN designed the Austrian Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo. His teaching assignments include Institutions like the University of Pennsylvania , the Dessau Institute of Architecture, and DTMA-SIVA Fudan University in Shanghai, China.