BIG wins the competition for the Tirana National Theater and Master Plan

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BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
Partners in charge
Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle
Project leaders
Cat Huang, Lucas Carriere
Anton Malthe Ling, Carlos Surinach, Izabella Banas, Jakub Klimes, Jinho Lee, Edda Steingrimsdottir, Dimitrie Grigorescu, Juhye Kim, Kei Atsumi, Kekoa Charlot, Kristoffer Negendahl, Liliana Cruz-Grimm, Matteo Dragone, Matteo Pavanello, Milyausha Garaeva, Nataly Timotheou, Ovidiu Munteanu, Sunwoong Choi, Tore Banke, Wei Yang, Yehezkiel Wiliardy, Yunzi Wang
Theatre Projects, SON Engineering & Construction
In Progress
9,300 m²
Tirana, Albania


Bjarke Ingels (born in Copenhagen, 1974) studied architecture at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, ​​obtaining his degree as an architect in 1998. He is the founder of the BIG architecture studio - (Bjarke Ingels Group), studio founded in 2005, after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 with his former partner Julien de Smedt, whom he met while working at the prestigious OMA studio in Rotterdam.

Bjarke has designed and completed award-winning buildings worldwide, and currently his studio is based with venues in Copenhagen and New York. His projects include The Mountain, a residential complex in Copenhagen, and the innovative Danish Maritime Museum in Elsinore.

With the PLOT study, he won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and with BIG he has received numerous awards such as the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. Other prizes are the Culture Prize of the Crown Prince of Denmark in 2011; and Along with his architectural practice, Bjarke has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.

In 2018, Bjarke received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog granted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. He is a frequent public speaker and continues to give lectures at places such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street or the World Economic Forum. In 2018, Bjarke was appointed Chief Architectural Advisor by WeWork to advise and develop the design vision and language of the company for buildings, campuses and neighborhoods around the world.




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