Partner, Business Development, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
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Holcim Awards North America ceremony, Toronto, Canada
Winners of the Holcim Awards (l-r): David Benjamin, The Living, New York – winner of Holcim Awards Bronze for “Hy-Fi: Zero carbon emissions compostable structure”; Caitlin Taylor and Amy Mielke, Water Pore Partnership, New York – winners of Holcim Awards Gold for “Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin”; and Kai-Uwe Bergmann – BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, New York and Matthijs Bouw - One Architecture, Amsterdam – members of the consortium winning Holcim Awards Silver for “Rebuild by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure”.
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Global Bronze Awards 2015 prize ceremony – The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York City, USA
Celebration by the Global Bronze prize winning team of the LafargeHolcim Awards: a consortium led by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen/New York) and One Architecture (Amsterdam). The Dryline project is a bold proposition to tackle future challenges by means of a construction that offers a multiple value to society – turning a problem into an opportunity.
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Holcim Awards North America ceremony, Toronto, Canada
Presenting the Holcim Awards Silver (l-r): Enrique Norten, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation and Principal & Founder of TEN Arquitectos; Kai-Uwe Bergmann – BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, New York and Matthijs Bouw - One Architecture, Amsterdam – members of the consortium winning Holcim Awards Silver for “Rebuild by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure”; Alain Bourguignon, Holcim Area Manager for North America and the United Kingdom; and jury member Mark Jarzombek, Associate Dean, School of Architecture & Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Holcim Awards North America media briefing, Toronto, Canada
“We build resilient infrastructure - but we actually think about the people and their activities.” – member of the Holcim Awards Silver winning consortium Kai-Uwe Bergmann – BIG Bjarke Ingels Group for “Rebuild by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York”.
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The Holcim Awards jury for region Europe met in Zurich, Switzerland in June 2011 to select projects using the “target issues” for sustainable construction (l-r): Jean-Philippe Vassal, Leo Mittelholzer, Marta Malé-Alemany, Jürgen Mayer H. (Head of Jury), Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Winy Maas, Lucy Musgrave, Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, and Hansjürg Leibundgut.
Kai-Uwe Bergmann is Partner, Business Development of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group based in Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona, and winner of the Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2015 for “The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York, USA”.
Last updated: May 26, 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark
Kai-Uwe Bergmann is responsible for the practice’s international business development with a growing number of projects in Europe, North America, and Asia. Since joining BIG in 2006, he also been Project Manager responsible for the design proposals on Khalifa Park, a 15,000 square meter temporary exhibition center in Abu Dhabi, and Fabrikken, a 4,200 square meter conversion of an abandoned industrial building into a modern office building.
Through a series of commissions won in design and architectural competitions BIG quickly attained international recognition. The architectural practice’s work combines astute analysis, light-hearted experimentation, social responsibility and humor. BIG received an Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 together with Superflex and Topotek 1 for Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Superkilen provides a meeting place for residents of Denmark’s most ethnically diverse neighbourhood and an attraction for the rest of the city, this project was approached as a giant exhibition of global urban best practice.
He compliments his professional work through previous teaching assignments at the University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater the University of Virginia.
He was previously a Project Architect with C F Møller Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark (2004-06) where he was a member of three award-winning proposals for the Most Energy Efficient Office Building in Bjørvika, Oslo; an addition to the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, United Kingdom; and the Hyllie Highrise in Malmø, Sweden. He was also a project architect at Baumschlager & Eberle (2002-04) and Weinstein AU Architects and Urban Designers, Seattle, USA (1999-2003).
Kai-Uwe Bergmann obtained a BA of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Architecture (hons) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
He is a Steering Committee Member for the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH), New York (2015-); Juror for the A&D Trophy Awards for Perspective Magazine (2015-), Hong Kong; Co-Chair of the Awards Committee for the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) (2014-15); and Juror for the Architizer A+ Awards (2012-15).
Kai-Uwe Bergmann represented Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG as a member of the Holcim Awards jury for region Europe in 2011.
He was a member of the consortium that won the Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2015 and Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for North America with “The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York, USA”. Registered as an architect in the USA (thirteen states) and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan The Dryline to protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. The project is a large-scale integrated flood protection system to address the vulnerability of New York City to coastal flooding and proposes a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan using a series of raised berms and other measures to create public spaces along the water’s edge.
Kai-Uwe Bergmann was a “Lab presenter” at the Holcim Awards Lab for more than 50 representatives of “Next Generation” prize-winning projects from the regional Holcim Awards competitions of 2014. The students and young professionals from 20 countries met in New York City in September 2015 for the first Holcim Awards Lab to elaborate their concepts for sustainable construction.