5/ Bjarke Ingels (BIG)

After working at Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA in Rotterdam, Bjarke Ingels founded the award winning architectural firm, PLOT with a former OMA colleague Julien de Smedt.

Bjarke Ingels went on to start his own firm, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in Copenhagen in 2005. Recent acclaimed projects include the West 57 housing development in New York, the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai World’s Fair and Amagerforbrænding in Copenhagen. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, The Wall Street Journal’s “Innovator of the Year” and is described as “rapidly becoming one of the design world’s rising stars”. Ingels was also included in the “Top 100 Most Creative People in Design” by Fast Company and was awarded a Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale, along with two American Institute of Architecture awards, the World Architecture Festival award for Housing, and numerous other prestigious accolades.

His accomplishments also include multiple teaching engagements at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia, as well as being a frequent speaker for Wired, TED, and the World Economic Forum. BIG’s current work includes Google Charleston East, a scalable expansion headquarters in Mountain View, Mars Science City, an architectural experiment simulating life on Mars, Hyperloop One in Dubai and the Museum of London.

Vancouver House is Bjarke Ingels’ first project in Vancouver and first collaboration with Westbank. Since this first project we have gone on to create its sister structure TELUS Sky, in Calgary, which is set to be completed in 2018. We are currently developing another project in Vancouver at 720 Beatty and a project at King Street in Toronto, with several other projects being explored in all of the cities in which we practise.