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Utzon Center

Slotspladsen 4
9000 Aalborg

Tlf: +45 76 90 50 00
CVR: 30 27 94 41



Registreringsnummer: 3201
Kontonummer: 3428244893


The International Utzon100 Symposium

Utzon Center presents the International Utzon100 Symposium with keynotes from Pritzker Prize laurate, architect Rafael Moneo and architect Lene Tranberg.

The symposium is made in collaboration with the School of Architecture at Aarhus and Aalborg University.


Celebrating Jørn Utzon's centenary, the International Utzon100 Symposium aims at bringing people of various backgrounds together for an inspiring, challenging and even alternative set of presentations where the personal take on Jørn Utzon's work is the driving force.


Along the three guiding notions, BuiltTaughtExperienced, an international group of practicing architects as well as academics will discuss the fascinating work of the Danish architect from various different perspectives. Special consideration is hereby given on the value of Utzon's oeuvre for the development of contemporary architecture.


Following the Symposium, the new Utzon Archive will be presented online with new and never-before seen photos and documents from Jørn Utzons own personal archive. The Utzon Archive is a joint venture between Utzon Center and Aalborg University.


The Symposium will take place in the Obel Auditorium at Utzon Center.



  • Conference (for students): 200DKK
  • Conference: 600DKK
  • Conference incl. dinner (on May 3) + lunch (on May 4): 1200DKK


Get your ticket here →


All tickets include coffee, tea and water. Tickets prices are excl. handling fee.


Thursday May 3

13:00Welcome. Lasse Andersson, director, Utzon Center
13:05Introduction. Moderator: Michael Asgaard Andersen
13:10Keynote: Rafael Moneo: Behind buildings
14:20Mads Bjørn Hansen: Between the classic and modern
ThemeBUILT – Chair: Michael Asgaard Andersen
14:50Line Nørskov Eriksen: Horisont: The critical-creative influence of Utzon’s travel studies
15:10Lars Holt: Terraced houses in Skjern – Context and Comparison
16:00Solmaz Sadeghi & Ali Tavakoli Dinani: Between the RED and YELLOW: Melli Bank Project in Tehran 1959–1962
16:20Troels Rugbjerg: Integrating Architecture – encounters with Moroccan building cultures
16:40Jaime J. Ferrer Forés: Jørn Utzon's influence on contemporary Spanish architecture
17:00Jan Utzon on Jørn Utzon
17:30End of Thursday’s symposium


Friday May 4

9:00Keynote: Francoise Fromonot: Detective criticism: Investigating Utzon
10:30Lene Tranberg: Own works
ThemeTAUGHT – Chair: Michael Asgaard Andersen
11:00Catherine Lassen: Proto computational thinking: Hacking Utzon
11:20Marie Frier Hvejsel: Tectonic Beginnings – Learning from Utzon
11:40Sidsel Skogstad: A Project in Basra, Iraq: Global inspiration unfolded locally
13:00Francisco Cifuentes: Around the patio
ThemeEXPERIENCED – Chair: Michael Asgaard Andersen
13:30Anders Gammelgaard Nielsen: Atmospheres and building culture
13:50Isak Worre Foged: Utzon's Acoustic Dimension. Studies into Acoustic, Modular, Material and Generative Assemblies
14:10Ruth Baumeister: Jørn Utzon's Can Lis. A Private View
14:50Final debate. Moderator: Michael Asgaard Andersen
16:00End of Symposium. Friday drinks and lounge hosted by Utzon Center



3. maj 2018, 12:30 til 4. maj 2018, 16:00

Keynote speakers

Rafael Moneo

© Massimiliano Polles


Lene Tranberg

© Søren Solkær


Mads Bjørn Hansen / Praksis Arkitekter 

© Stamers Kontor


Froncoise Fromonot