A Culture of Innovation – Interview with Daniel Sundlin, Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group

In this podcast interview, my guest is Daniel Sundlin, a partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in New York. We talk about how BIG innovates and what opportunities and challenges digitalization brings to architecture.

BIG is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders, and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape design, product design, research and development.

The Interview

In the interview, we discuss these topics

  • The philosophy, key principles, and vision of BIG
  • How experimentation and innovation are part of the company’s DNA
  • What digitalization means in design
  • The challenges and opportunities of the digital economy
  • The role of the architect and how BIG wants to expand it
  • The future plans of BIG as a company

About Daniel

Daniel joined BIG in 2008 and has worked on many of BIG’s most prominent projects and winning competitions, including Tallinn Town Hall, Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm, Astana Library in Kazakhstan, Qingdao Bridge in China and the international competition for a new entrance pavilion at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

Daniel was one of the lead designers of the prize-winning Maison Des Fondateurs Audemars Piguet (Audemars Piguet Museum) in Le Brassus, Switzerland and the PARC Jussieu Campus in Paris. Recently, he worked as Project Leader for VIA 57 West, a mixed-use residential building in New York City. Daniel currently oversees the expansion of the Google campus (Google North Bayshore and Google Charleston East) in Mountain View, California; the Audemars Piguet Hotel also in Le Brassus, Switzerland; the Spiral high-rise and the Eastside Costal Resiliency project (BIG U) both in Manhattan, New York; and the Wilson Secondary School in Arlington, Virginia.

With a background as a photographer and graphic designer, Daniel is a strong communicator, leading visualization and graphical representation at BIG. Daniel moved to New York City in 2010.

You can learn more about BIG at big.dk. To connect directly with Daniel, email him at Daniel(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)BIG.dk.

The title photo is courtesy of BIG.

Listen to the interview (also in iTunes)