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JDS Architects - Julien De Smedt

JDS Architects - Julien De Smedt
JDS Architects, founded by Julien De Smedt in 2005 after leaving Bjarke Ingles, with whom he had founded PLOT, is one of the best-known architectural practices around today. Comprising architects of many different professional and cultural backgrounds, it offers an example of how to work in architecture today. The firm operates the machinery of large-scale projects with the simultaneous involvement of numerous enterprises.
JDS’s approach combines the values of environmental sustainability with analysis of landscape and constant study of formal invention. Julien De Smedt was one of the first architects to use digital representation technologies as a design aid: even before his photographs became famous, his renderings of big housing developments such as VM, The Mountain or The Iceberg in Copenhagen were renowned.
The firm now has offices in Copenhagen and Brussels. It has worked on numerous projects after winning competitions such as those for Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo (a candidate for the Mies Van der Rohe Award and winner of the European Steel Design Awards in Dusseldorf in 2010) and Copenhagen’s Kalvebod Brygge. The Mountain in Copenhagen won the Urban Land Institute Prize for Best in Residential and the Forum Aid Award, both in 2009.
“This might not be appropriate” was a recent retrospective of the studio’s work held at Vanhaerents Galleries in Brussels in 2013. In 2008 Julien De Smedt was awarded the Europe 40 Under 40 award for promising young architects and designers, and in 2009 he won the Maaskant Prize for Best Young Architect. The publisher Actar has published a monograph about his work entitled Agenda: Can we sustain our ability to crisis?.
Julien De Smedt lectures and holds conferences in prestigious locations; he has been a visiting professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas and at Kentucky University, and has spoken at the Mediateque in Sendai, the Irish Architecture Association, the Tate Modern in London, McGill University in Montreal, Yale University in New Haven and SciArc and USC in Los Angeles.
Work is underway on numerous projects of his all over the world, but Copenhagen is the home of his first and his greatest projects.

JDS Architects Julien De Smedt selected works and projects
 
- Lungomare Kalvebod Waves, Copenhagen (Danimarca),  2013
- Complesso residenziale The Iceberg, Aarhus (Danimarca), 2013
- Holmenkollen Ski jump, Oslo (Norvegia), 2011
- Complesso residenziale The Mountain, Copenaghen (Danimarca), 2008
- Scuola The Gang, Copenaghen (Danimarca), 2007
- Ospedale psichiatrico di Helsingor (Danimarca), 2006
- Complesso residenziale VM, Copenhagen (Danimarca), 2005
- Maritime Youth House, Copenhagen (Danimarca),  2004
- Porto di Copenaghen (Danimarca), 2002

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