Kjetil Trædal Thorsen

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Kjetil Trædal Thorsen is a Norwegian architect. In 1987, he co-founded the architecture firm Snøhetta.[1]


Kjetil Trædal Thorsen was born 14 June 1958 on the Norwegian coastal island of Karmøy. After several years in Germany and England, he studied architecture in Graz, Austria.[2] He had practiced at the office of Espen Tharaldsen (Arbeidsgruppen Hus) in Bergen (1982–1983), Ralph Erskine in Stockholm (1983–1984) and David Sandved in Haugesund (1985).[3]


Thorsen led several award winning design competitions for public buildings around the world. He led the Snøhetta teams designing the museum built for the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway,[1] the 2007 Serpentine Gallery temporary Pavilion in London designed with Olafur Eliasson, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina library in Alexandria, Egypt,[2] and the new Oslo Opera House in Oslo, Norway.[2] He was a founder of Norway’s foremost architecture gallery, Galleri Rom in 1986.[4]


Thorsen is a member of the Norwegian Architectural Association (NAL) and has served on their design competition committee.[citation needed] He has served as a juror on various design competitions in Europe.[citation needed]

Since 2004, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen has been a professor at the Institute for Experimental Studies in Architecture of the University of Innsbruck.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Kiran, Ketil. "Snøhetta Arkitektur Landskap as". Store norske leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Kjetil Trædal Thorsen". Store norske leksikon. Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  3. ^ Speakers at the ArchiFest Forum 2010
  4. ^ a b Page. 8 Kjetil T. Thorsen
  5. ^ Utnevnelse til St. Olavs Orden, The Royal House of Norway, 2008-06-13, retrieved 2009-05-29
  6. ^ Anon 2014


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