I have worked for Arup since 2004. I rejoined the firm in summer 2014 after a 3-year sabbatical as the CEO of The Danish Design Council.

A trained architect and product designer, I have been trained to work on objects like metro stations and design objects. My interest for the last few years has been in looking at why we design what we do and how we can see this as part of a system. 

Thanks to technology, we can now gain much more qualified buy-in from stakeholders, local communities and individuals. So I believe we now need to focus not just on designing quality objects - be they buildings or products – but also the system that surrounds them. 

To give meaning to our designs, we need involvement on all levels from the people around us – we need to add value to the broader community. To me, we shape a better world through collaboration and not through individual objects.