Louis Becker, Partner Design Principal
Louis has been part of the management team since 1998. As the firm’s Design Principal, Louis has been responsible for several of the firm’s most important projects, internationally and in Denmark. With nearly three decades in practice, the scope of his experience spans from the design of cultural icons to city districts, with a particular focus on new build- ing, urban place-making, and the relationship between space, light, and human well-being and interaction. Working in diverse cultures and climates in 20+ countries, Louis works to enhance the built environment through context- driven design.
∙ Henning Larsen Architects, Denmark, 1989
∙ Aalborg University, Department of Architecture and Design, Adjunct
Serving as Partner-in-Charge for significant projects and competitions, Louis is the driving force behind complex architectural and decision-making processes with multiple stakeholders. Louis is an active member of the global archi- tectural community, and often speaks about the relationship between art and architecture, innovation in sustainable design practices, and the relationship between space, light, and the human experience.
In 2011, Louis was awarded the Eckersberg Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as a special recognition of his contribution to the field of architecture and interna- tional achievements. Louis has designed award-winning buildings and masterplans across the globe, including university buildings,
David B. Greenbaum, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President
David Greenbaum has set new standards in museum design through the creation of memorable experiences for the visitor. His work has been recognized through award and publication for clarity of vision, innovation in thought and excellence in design.
In a 35-year career that includes multiple projects of national significance for the Smithsonian Institution, The National Gallery of Art, the Architect of the Capitol and other sites in the US and overseas, Greenbaum has developed an international practice in museum design and comparable visitor attractions, with a particular interest in the development of cultural districts. Greenbaum has won over 75 national and regional awards. His projects have been published in more than 150 articles, underscoring the importance of his work in the architectural and museum communities and the larger public realm. Greenbaum has been at the forefront of creating new transformational models for museums and similar educational venues. He has helped institutions develop more stimulating visitor experiences so that they can thrive in the context of the commercial world of leisure and entertainment attractions.
Greenbaum creates a compelling visual expression by developing a seamless link between architecture, the interpretive mission and the client’s purpose. Greenbaum’s philosophy is to amplify the mission of the institution by creating powerful and memorable architecture with a proud civic presence. Close collaboration with the owner, the interpretive designer and the curatorial staff result in a dynamic experience for the visitor on many levels. Some recent notable projects include: the Museum of the Bible, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, Changbai Mountain National Park Visitor Center in Jilan, China and the Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center in Omaha Beach, France
As a leader of design for the firm, he has reviewed more than 200 significant projects in more than 10 states and four countries to ensure the best effect for the client and the public. He mentors staff, encourages collaboration and leads discussion to establish a vision for an emerging national design firm. Greenbaum is the 2019 Chair of the National AIA Committee on Design, he serves on the planning committees for the Mid-Atlantic association of Museum Building Museums Conference and the International Museums Construction Congress. He also has held multiple teaching positions as design professor and has been a visiting critic at five architecture schools.
Arne Kvorning, Architect and Designer MAA/MDD
Kvorning Design & Communication
Arne Kvorning, architect and designer MAA/MDD. 30 years as an internationally working Exhibition Designer and 25 years as the owner and CEO for Kvorning Design & Communication. Established in Copenhagen in 1992, Beijing 2010, London in 2011 and Oslo in 2013. The company has completed more than 5,000 exhibitions and design projects for public and private clients in more than 50 countries worldwide.
His professional interests focus on exhibition design, graphic design, interior design and scenography and his current projects include exhibition and museum projects in more than 15 countries worldwide. In addition, he is Member of Danish Association of Architects (MAA), Member of Design Denmark (MDD), Member of Museums Association (Corporate Member), Member of ICOM, Member of TEA Themed Entertainment Association.
Arne Kvorning and his company Kvorning Design & Communication was recently honored with the Museums+Heritage Award for best international exhibition and the InAVate Awards for best storytelling through advanced AV integration.
Dan Mackenzie, CEO
Dan is the Chief Executive Officer of Steensen Varming’s studios in Copenhagen, London, Sydney, Hong Kong and New York. He oversees the company’s global operation based around a one-studio approach driven by collaboration and knowledge sharing across five countries on four continents, enabled by global technology and a commitment to optimal design solutions.
He is responsible for ensuring Steensen Varming maintains its commitment to quality, continuous improvement and its position at the forefront of building design to consistently deliver positive outcomes.
Dan, who has been part of Steensen Varming throughout his professional career spanning 30 years, has managed the successful delivery of a variety of challenging and iconic projects worldwide, from concept to beyond completion, including Universities, Hospitals, Heritage sites, Cultural and Research facilities. To name but a few, his involvement covers Sydney Opera House, Auckland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia and most lately, the Natural History Museum in Copenhagen.
Dan has extensive experience in high reliability engineering, the responsible application of sustainable design and the aesthetic considerations of building services. He believes the design profession is blessed with the role of improving life through a better built environment. In keeping with this belief, he is committed to the concept of integrated “total architecture”, which represents a holistic approach to design. In this view, the engineering and architecture disciplines coalesce in recognition of a mutual respect and goal – to provide intelligent, valuable and elegant solutions.
Kent Martinussen, CEO
Danish Architecture Center
Kent Martinussen is an architect at foreign schools of architecture departing from the School of Architecture. He has taught and researched at Danish and foreign universities and schools of architecture and run his own architectural practice with numerous international project exhibitions in Asia, Arabia, Europe and the United States of own architectural projects. He holds several professional trust positions, including sat in Architectural Association Board, Academy Council committees, and been Chairman of Architecture Institute. Kent Martinussen has also been appointed a member of the jury at the 9th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, the world's largest architecture event.
Kent Martinussen CEO of the Danish Architecture Center, which he joined in 2001.
Scott Newman, FAIA, Partner
Scott Newman, FAIA, Partner, is one of the foremost museum planners and designers in the United States. He joined Cooper Robertson in 1984 and has since created a unique practice that blends museum planning with architectural design, resulting in the highest standards for the display and preservation of the world’s most distinguished collections and some of the world’s best museum architecture.
Mr. Newman led the firm’s work for the Museum of Modern Art, which encompassed three major projects over ten years, including the redesign of the museum’s onsite collections storage for works on paper and off-site cold storage for film. He led the firm’s design of MoMA QNS, the satellite location that now serves as collections storage, study library, and conservation center. The project won several local and national design awards.
As partner-in-charge for the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, Mr. Newman led the project in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. His other museum projects include long term space plans for the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art, and the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki, as well as master plans for The Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and art museums in Istanbul, Turkey, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Seattle, and San Diego. He led a collections storage master plan for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a gallery reinstallation plan for the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently serving as partner-in-charge for the Gateway Arch Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, opening in 2017.
Mr. Newman received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in thirteen states.
Malcolm Reading, RIBA, (Hon) FRGS, FRSA, Chairman
Malcolm Reading Consultants
An advocate for design excellence, Malcolm founded Malcolm Reading Consultants in 1996 after six years as Director of Design and Architecture at the British Council.He has created a unique competitions service, which is trusted by architects and attuned to the realities of successful capital projects. Trained as an architect, Malcolm is widely recognised within the profession. He has set new standards in procurement, and is known for his loyalty to demanding projects.
His leadership abilities have been tested at the highest level with clients such as NATO, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Mumbai City Museum, New College, Oxford, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Qatar Museums, the Cadogan Estate and the Millennium Bridge Trust.
Malcolm joined the Sovereign Grant Audit Committee in June 2015. He is a trustee of English Heritage and an honorary fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Previously, he was a trustee of Edinburgh World Heritage (2012–15). He was on the board of Historic Royal Palaces for an unprecedented three terms (2005–2014), and remains chairman of the UNESCO Tower of London World Heritage Site Consultative Committee.
He is a judge for World Architecture News’ Education Award 2015 and has judged WAN’s 21 for 21 Award (for talent-spotting emerging architects), the AIA (American Institute of Architects), UK Excellence in Design award and the Prix W architectural prize. He writes regularly for the Architects’ Journal.
Bryan Sieling, Assistant Director for Exhibition Design and Production and Acting Associate Director for Project Management and Planning
National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Bryan Sieling is Assistant Director for Exhibition Design and Production and Acting Associate Director for Project Management and Planning at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. During the design and construction phases of the museum, Sieling served as Chief of Design, overseeing the exhibition design process, its coordination with the base building architecture, and the fabrication and installation of the inaugural exhibitions—a period spanning more than seven years from 2009 to the museum’s opening in 2016. Previously, Sieling was Chief of Design at the Newseum, the interactive museum of news, located on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. From 2000 to the museum’s opening in 2008, Sieling oversaw the exhibition design process, developing new techniques to enable the museum to more nimbly respond to breaking news events. Sieling earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies with a focus in design from The George Washington University in 1989.
Ulla Tofte, CEO
Maritime Museum of Denmark
Ulla Tofte, Director, CEO of M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, holds a Master’s Degree in History and French from the University of Copenhagen. She is a board member of the University of Aalborg, Danish Cultural Institute and Chairman of the board of Copenhagen Opera Festival. Prior to her position at the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark she was the Head of the festival Golden Days, and the Director of the Golden Days Cultural Organisation which specializes in arranging and communicating historical and cultural events, debates and festivals. Ulla Tofte is a frequent participant in the cultural debate in Denmark.
David Zahle, Partner
David Zahle is a Partner at BIG and the Project and Design Architect responsible for many of BIG´s award winning projects. His collaboration with Bjarke Ingels began in 2002 with the VM Residences in Copenhagen. During the same year David won the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital and subsequently followed it through to completion in 2006. He also led the design of the Stavanger Concert House, which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2004 for the world’s best concert house, the Magnakil Education Centre in the Faroe Islands and the Danish Maritime Museum from its concept stage in 2007 to completion in 2012. Recently David has overseen the design of many prominent projects including a new art gallery and sculpture park in Norway, the Quingdao Science Museum, the Experimentarium competition in Copenhagen and the prize winning Amagerforbrænding; Copenhagen’s new Waste-to-Energy Plant with an innovative roof doubling as a ski slope. In addition to his design success, David has lectured on BIG’s works throughout Europe and taught throughout Scandinavia.