Six new external lecturers

The appointments will strengthen the school's relations to the architectural profession

Aarhus School of Architecture has appointed six external lecturers who will be providing input and inspiration from their daily work. By being directly involved in teaching, they will help develop further the architectural education and anchor the school’s cooperation with practice.

Three of the external lecturers will be affiliated with the teaching programme Transformation, two with Habitation, and one with Sustainability.

The new external lecturers are:


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Thomas Carstens
, senior partner, business area manager and creative director at Arkitema.

Thomas Carstens has been employed by Arkitema since he graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture in 1987. He particularly works with transformation, conservation and sustainability. Among other projects, he has been responsible for renovating and modernising the manor house Nørre Vosborg, Lejre Forsøgscenter, Badeanstalten Spanien, and the listed terraced houses Nyboder in Copenhagen. From 2013 to 2016 Thomas lived in Oslo to establish an Arkitema office in Norway.


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Mads Tenney Jordan, managing director and partner in Møller & Grønborg.

Mads Tenney Jordan graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture in 2004, and after a short sojourn with Kjær & Richter he was employed by Aarhus-based office Møller & Grønborg. He has broad experience from working with complex urban planning projects and has been project manager for master plans in The Middle East, The Baltic Area and the Nordic region. Examples of his work include: a master plan for Aarhus Municipal Hospital, from hospital function to university purposes; River City, a harbour plan for Gothenburg; and King Abdulla Financial District, a master plan for a new commercial area in Riyadh.


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Mette Viuf Larsen, partner in VMB Arkitekter.

Mette Viuf Larsen graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture in 2002. Since her graduation she has worked as a restoration architect at Exners Tegnestue, Erik Einar Holms Tegnestue, Jørgen Overbys Tegnestue, and with Creo Arkitekter. In 2012 she was made a partner of VMB Arkitekter. Mette has been in charge of the restoration of Bregentved Manor, rebuilding and refurbishing the Ole Rømer Observatory, and maintaining and restoring Fredensborg Palace.


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Mikkel Frost, partner in CEBRA.

Mikkel Frost graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture in 1996 and was subsequently employed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. In 2001 he co-founded CEBRA, where he has since primarily worked with competitions and concept and project development. Recent projects Mikkel has been responsible for include: the residential building project ​​Isbjerget at the port of Aarhus; StreetDome, a multi-purpose hall and cultural centre in Haderslev, samt Qasr Al Hosn, a 140,000 sqm master plan and landscape plan in Abu Dhabi.


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Rune Johan Dyhrberg Riis, partner in Cubo Arkitekter.

Rune Johan Dyhrberg Riis graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture in 2003. He was then employed by Fargas Architects in Barcelona until, in 2005, he joined Cubo Arkitekter. From 2009 to 2012 he was associated with the advisory group behind the new university hospital in Skejby. He has drawn up numerous plans for winning competition projects – in recent years with a particular focus on residential construction. Examples of his work include: the care centre Plejecenter Hyrdehøj in Roskilde and Fremtidens boliger og liv på Kellersvej – homes for disabled and learning disabled in Søborg. Rune has been a partner of Cubo Arkitketer since 2014.


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Mads Nygaard, associate partner in AART Architects.

Mads Nygaard primarily works on competitions, development projects and project planning. He focuses on challenging and experimenting with the concept of sustainability. He was awarded a bachelor degree from Aarhus School of Architecture and, in 2010, graduated as a master in architecture from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen. Until 2015 he was employed in Arkitema’s department for competitions and development in Copenhagen. In 2016 he trained as a DGNB consultant (sustainability certification based on life cycle costs). Examples of projects Mads Nygaard has coordinated at AART Architects include the winning project of the international competition for an extension to the Viking Age Museum in Oslo and the urban development project Kronløbsøen in the Copenhagen harbour area Nordhavn.