Architecture and innovation define the cityscape of today's society. One of the world`s leading architect offices – Zaha Hadid Architects - has recently been working with one of Norway's leading architect offices - A-lab - on the competition for subway stations along Fornebubanen. A-lab here introduces ZHA, who will share their experiences on how their design research integrates context, programmatic requirements and innovative engineering to shape the society of the future through their projects.
Moderator: Julie Sjøwall Oftedal in conversation with Gianluca Racana, Director Zaha Hadid Architects.
Gianluca joined ZHA in 2000 after working in practices in Paris, Rome and New York. He became a Director in 2013 subsequently taking on a wide-ranging role in the overall management of the firm. Gianluca has experience leading international multi-disciplinary teams in the planning and implementation of complex cultural, infrastructural, residential and commercial projects internationally . Amongst his projects is the MAXXI, a 120 million euros National Centre of Contemporary Arts, receiver of the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize in 2010.
Julie Sjøwall Oftedal is a partner and strategy manager at A-lab. She has helped A-lab grow from 35 to 90 employees, largely as a result of a corporate culture that fosters curiosity and knowledge sharing, rooted in the desire to contribute to quality in the densification of cites. Earlier this year, Oftedal organised “Well-Grounded” (Bakkekontakt), a conference focusing on how well-planned ground-level premises and “city floors” are key to functional urban environments in which people thrive.