Meet the Nordic jury
The jury consists of strong interdisciplinary profiles within urban planning, design thinking, social sustainability, citizen engagement, affordable housing, collaboration and partnerships, community building, and more from the Nordic countries.
Christian Pagh (head of jury)
Director and Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale
Focus area: social, cultural, and artistic aspects of urban development
Christian Pagh is Director and Chief curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale. Christian has headed a wide range of projects within urban planning, architecture and culture, both as a partner in the strategic design company Urgent.Agency and in the public sector. He is a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School in Design Thinking and holds a master’s degree in Modern Culture and Philosophy from Copenhagen University and Paris VIII. A recurring theme in Christian’s practical and academic work is exploring the intricate connections between cultures and places.
Chief Design Officer, City of Helsinki
Focus area: design thinking, collaborations, citizen engagement
Hanna is the Chief Design Officer of the City of Helsinki. She holds a licentiate of Social Sciences and Urban Research and is specialised in making architecture and design visible, and making use of the opportunities they present in society.
Head of Development, 3B
Mikkel is Head of Development for the non-profit housing association 3B with approximately 12,000 non-profit housing units in Copenhagen. Earlier, Mikkel has been chief of social development plans and social initiatives in 3B. Before joining 3B Mikkel was Mayor for Social Affairs in the City of Copenhagen from 2005 to 2013.
Head of Institute, the Royal Danish Academy – Institute of Architecture and Technology
Focus area: sustainable development in build environment, partnerships, and innovations
Natalie is Head of Institute at the Royal Danish Academy - Institute of Architecture and Technology. She is a Vice-president of the UIA as well as President of Congress for the UIA World Congress of Architects in 2023.
City Architect of Malmö
Focus area: public sector, placemaking, urban regeneration
Finn is the City Architect of Malmö. He was one of the co-founders and CEO of Public Practice in London; a social enterprise that is building the public sector’s capacity for proactive planning.
Steffen Møller Borgbjerg
Steffen is director of ALBO, Horsen’s largest non-profit organisation that manages 55% of all the non-profit housing in Horsens - including Axelborg. Steffen has been in the non-profit housing sector for more than 15 years. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration.
Gro Sandkjær Hanssen
Senior researcher at OsloMet and Professor II in Urban and Regional Planning, NMBU
Focus area: urban planning, climate transition of cities, public space, participation and governance
Gro holds a Ph.d. in political science and is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), OsloMet. She is also a Professor in Urban and Regional Planning (NMBU), educating planners. Her research in urban planning centres around the themes of climate transition, sustainable urban development, public space, participation and governance. She led the evaluation of the Norwegian Planning- and Building Act, and is currently part of The Advisory Board for Urban Architecture of the City of Oslo, and the governmental appointed "2050 Climate Change Committee"- which investigates which choices Norway faces in order to achieve 95% reduction.
Professor, Architect Maa, Founding Partner Gehl
Focus area: people-centred urban design, public spaces, urban planning
Jan is an Architect, Founding Partner of Gehl Architects, and former Professor and Researcher at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Over the course of his career, he has published several books and been awarded numerous national and international awards.