Copenhagen has cemented its position as a leader in sustainable architecture as host of the World Congress of Architects in 2023, the largest event of its kind in the field of architecture.

More than 10,000 delegates are expected to travel to Copenhagen to discuss the role architecture can play in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Already known and recognised for its state-of-the-art architecture, Copenhagen is home to some of the world’s leading architecture firms such as Bjarke Ingels Group:BIG, Henning Larsen Architects, Gehl Architects, C.F. Møller, 3XN and many more.

Promotional organisation Wonderful Copenhagen worked alongside local key players in the architecture industry to secure the congress for the Danish capital – the first time the event has been hosted by a Nordic country. This included the Danish Architects Association (DAA), built-environment association Realdania, engineering group Rambøll, manufacturer Velux, architecture firm BIG, and, testament to the importance of the sector, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

An ambitious bid that focused on ‘Sustainable futures’ at this year’s congress in Seoul, South Korea, helped seal the win.

Wonderful Copenhagen’s Deputy Director, Bettina Reventlow-Mourier, said: “We are incredibly pleased to have won a congress of such caliber as the World Congress of Architects and we look forward to welcoming the world’s best architects to this part of the world. Copenhagen is already known for its long history of architecture, and we firmly believe that hosting an event like this will also strengthen our position as a leader in sustainable architecture.”

Copenhagen continues to set the global pace for urban sustainability, from its public transport and cycling initiatives, to urban design and smart city initiatives. As congress host city it will share its knowledge on the challenges of urbanisation, and how the built environment can counter both an increasing scarcity of resources and climate change.

Natalie Mossin, chair of the Danish Architects Association (DAA), added: “As architects, we have much to contribute with to help realise the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. Nordic architecture, landscaping, planning and design have a great deal to offer, and we very much look forward to sharing this with colleagues from around the world.”

Organised by the International Union of Architects (UIA), the World Congress of Architects is held every three years. The 2023 event will take place over five days at Bella Center Copenhagen.


(via AMI, Copenhagen Convention Bureau)



Featured image: 8tallet, a BIG-designed mixed-use development and the winner of the Housing category at the World Architecture Festival 2011