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MCA Talk
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, “Architecture Is Art…Is Architecture Art?”

Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 6–7:30 pm


Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), a Copenhagen- and New York-based group of architects, designers, and builders. He discusses the firm’s creative process and the art involved in architecture.

The Architecture Is Art talks examine the intersections and blurred boundaries between the professional practice and creative process of architects and contemporary artists. The series explores how architects and artists identify their work, where they turn for inspiration, how their process and presentation materials are interpreted, and when it’s useful or necessary to distinguish the disciplines of art and architecture for viewers.

Presented in collaboration with Chicago Architecture Foundation

About the Artists

Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. Bergmann heads BIG’s business development, which includes work in more than 15 countries. In addition, Bergmann is also Head of Communications. Registered as an architect in the US, UK, and Denmark, Bergmann is also a LEED AP certified architect who was Project Manager upon Central Asia’s first Carbon Neutral Master Plan-Zira Island in Baku, Azerbaijan. He also teaches at IE University in Madrid and at the New School of Architecture in San Diego. Bergmann sits on numerous international juries and lectures on the works of BIG worldwide.

BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) is a New York-, Copenhagen-, and Beijing-based group of architects, designers, and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research, and development. BIG has created a reputation for completing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. In their architectural production they demonstrate a high sensitivity to the particular demands of site context and program. BIG’s completed projects include the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo (2010) and 8 House (2010). The group has been distinguished with a National AIA Honor Award and the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year Prize (2011). Projects being designed in North America include the New York City-based 600-unit West 57th Tower designed for Durst Fetner Residential and the forthcoming Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.

Learn more about BIG.


Architecture Is Art is made possible through the generous support of the Graham Foundation, Richard and Mary Gray, Sandy and Jack Guthman, Dirk Lohan, and National Endowment for the Arts.