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    Distinguished Visiting Professor Master Studio Program

The University of Washington-College of Built Environments received a grant in 2010 to pilot the 2011 Scan|Design Foundation BY INGER & JENS BRUUN Distinguished Visiting Professor Master Studio in the Department of Architecture. The Department will invited Lene Tranberg, an esteemed Danish architect, to Seattle to co-teach the Master Class.

Based on the overwhelming success of the 2011 pilot program, the Foundation awarded a three-year grant to the University of Washington-College of Built Environments in 2011 to establish The Scan|Design Foundation BY INGER & JENS BRUUN Distinguished Visiting Professor Master Studio. The College of Built Environments will invite a Danish designer/educator who has distinguished him/herself by a sustained record of exemplary design work and teaching.  The visiting professor will co-teach a master architecture studio at the University of Washington during Spring quarter.

The Department of Architecture will assign a regular faculty member to work with the visiting professor in establishing the logistics of the studio and continuing the work of the studio between visits.  The Visiting Professor will teach the second, sixth, and 10th week of the quarter.


  Lene Tranberg, founding partner of the firm Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, will be the first Scan|Design Distinguished Visiting Professor.  Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter is a leading Danish architectural office, practicing architecture, urbanism, landscape, product and furniture design.  For over more than 20 years, the firm has gained renown through participation in competitions and the realization of a wide range of projects, positioning themselves as one of Denmark's most renowned and award-winning architectural offices. 

The office has also taken part in a series of research and pilot building projects focused on the improvement of building products and processes, with a concentration on sustainable housing.  In addition to being known for innovative and original architecture, the office has established a reputation for leadership and collaboration in project realization.

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects' work has won various national and international prizes and has been published in books and periodicals worldwide.  For three years running, the office has received the prestigious "RIBA European Award" from the Royal Institute of British Architects -- in 2006 for the Copenhagen Business School faculty building, in 2007 for the Tietgen Dormitory, and in 2008 for the new Royal Playhouse in Copenhagen.

Lene Tranberg Public Lecture Thursday March 31, 2011 in Seattle     More Info on Lecture

Master Studio Publication

2012, 2013

  Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen the principal partner at Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, will be the second Scan|Design Distinguished Visiting Professor.  Founded in June 1999 in Copenhagen, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter is an award-winning firm based in Copenhagen that engages in a wide variety of projects, including housing, master plans and office buildings.  Among their notable projects are the Holmbladsgade Sports and Cultural Center, the Holmbladsgade Community Center, the Herstedlund Cultural Center, and the renovation of Arne Jacobsen's historic Munkegårdsskole.  They also recently converted the Jægersborg Water Tower into a mixed-use building with a youth centre and residences, where common balconies add new sculptural layers that enhance the distinctive character of the tower.


Dorte Mandrup taught a master architecture studio Spring Quarter with associate professor Peter Cohan.  The project for the studio was to develop a public program for a complex site in an under served part of Seattle with the intent of engaging and activating the neighborhood around it.

Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen Public Lecture - Thursday May 17, 2012 in Seattle 

Master Studio Publication



Dorte Mandrup taught a master architecture studio Spring Quarter with associate professor Peter Cohan. The primary goal of the studio was to examine how we can shape architectural ideas to reinforce the human scale and space of the city.  The studio proposed design solutions for the Belltown Bluff portion of the Seattle Waterfront Plan that connect to the waterfront and the already developed portions of the plan, while providing amenities for and responding to the existing neighborhood context.

Master Studio Publication




Erling Christoffersen, is a professor at Denmark's Danish Institute for Study Abroad.  His training as both a cabinetmaker and an architect allows him to teach prototyping as a part of the design process.  In his furniture design courses, workshops, and master classes, the emphasis is on the study of materials such as solid timber, plywood, and veneer in order to challenge the materials and find the design that can best expose their inner qualities - to put it simply, "to ask what the materials want".

The furniture design studio was co-taught with Associate Professor, Kimo Griggs during Winter Quarter 2014.  The studio required that each student design, develop and finish a full-scale piece of furniture.   

Master Studio Publication


Dan Stubbergaard is the founder and creative director of COBE Architects in Copenhagen.  COBE is an international architecture and design office whose mission is to contribute to the creation of more decent, equitable, beautiful and sustainable cities.  The company seeks to develop specific, innovative solutions that encompass the fields of architecture, strategic urban planning, landscape design and research. 


Since its inception in 2005, COBE has won a number of important international competitions and has quickly gained a reputation for its highly innovative approach to every design project.  Notable COBE projects include Nordhavnen, the largest metropolitan redevelopment project in Scandinavia, Norreport Train Station in the centre of Copenhagen and the ROCKmagnet, Denmark's museum of rock music in Roskilde.


In addition to his architectural practice, Dan has taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and lectures internationally on COBE's current projects. 

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