Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
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. 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).
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, the 2007 Serpentine Gallery temporary Pavilion in London designed with Olafur Eliasson, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina library in Alexandria, Egypt, and the new Oslo Opera House in Oslo, Norway. He was a founder of Norway’s foremost architecture gallery, Galleri Rom in 1986.
Thorsen is a member of the Norwegian Architectural Association (NAL) and has served on their design competition committee. He has served as a juror on various design competitions in Europe.
Decorations and honorary degrees
- 2008 Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav
- 2011 Honorary doctor (dr.h.c.) of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) 
- 2013 Prince Eugen Medal for architecture
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