Snøhetta AS was established in 1989, when five young architects (three Norwegians, one Austrian and one American) won a prestigious competition to design the new library in Alexandria, Egypt. Twenty years later the firm now has a staff of 120 many of whom are international citizens. The firm has offices in Oslo and New York, and various project sites on several continents. SNØHETTA is currently run by two of its founders, Craig Dykers (New York office) and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (Oslo office), together with four other partners: Ole Gustavsen, Robert Greenwood, Tarald Lundevall and Jenny B. Osuldsen.
The scope of SNØHETTA’s activities is broad. Finished projects range from restaurant interiors, courtyard landscapes, public art commissions, to museums and the Opera House in Oslo which was awarded the 2009 Mies van der Rohe Award-the European Union Prize for contemporary architecture.
One of the main characteristics of Snøhetta’s work is the importance attached to context and landscape, and to achieving harmony between buildings and their surroundings. Close collaboration with artists has been of crucial importance in most of the firm’s projects. SNØHETTA strives to produce designs that are eco-friendly, sustainable and of high quality.