Bjarke Ingels started BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke Ingels has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility and humour. In 2004 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert House, and the following year he received the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses. Since its completion, The Mountain has received numerous awards including the World Architecture Festival Housing Award, Forum Aid Award and the MIPIM Residential Development Award. Recently, Bjarke was rated as one of the 100 most creative people in business by New York based Fast Company magazine.
Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke has been active as a Visiting Professor at Rice University's School of Architecture and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Bjarke is currently Visiting Professor at Harvard University where he is teaching a joint studio with the Business School and the Graduate School of Design.
Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he is the coordinator of the first year design studios and teaches the foundation course in projective and topological geometry, advanced studios, and design thesis. Recent course offerings include the core studios: Introduction to Design and Visual Studies in Architecture and Design of Housing, the workshop Projective Representation in Architecture, and seminar Reading Buildings. He also taught the studio options: Nanjing, Offset Ceilings, Indefinitely Extendable Museum, Ueno Park, Tokyo, 2CC and Holdout Architecture.