Alexandria Algard is an architect and was elected President of Norway’s National Association of Architects in 2015, as the youngest president ever. In addition to holding this coveted position, she also runs her own business.
Algard founded her architectural firm in Stavanger, Norway in 2012. Prior to this she spent 10 years living and working in a number of countries worldwide. She is educated as an architect in Denmark and Japan. Her previous employers include some of the most influential offices in Architecture; REX in New York, OMA in Rotterdam and Herzog & deMeuron in Basel, Switzerland.
She is an avid public speaker and her lectures include, among others, the annual opening lecture at Aarhus School of Architecture, ‘Hunting for Synergies’ at TEDxOslo, Nordic Edge Expo and SIKT-conference for young leaders and talents, on invitation from H.R.H. The Crown Prince of Norway.
In addition to being a debate leader, a board member for several businesses, a jury member for architectural competitions and a guest critic, she has written about architecture for ArkitekturN and Architecture Ajourd’hui, and she writes regular guest commentaries in the Norwegian media focusing on raising awareness about the importance of urban development for a better quality of life.
Her office works with urban development and conceptual strategies for city development, as well as larger buildings, such as a museum and an apartment building. The office signature is to re-think the status-quo; to re-think the way we shape our cities, the way we experience museums or even the way we live. Her focus is on people – how our cities and buildings shape the lives we live. Architecture is a key to improving life and and creating happiness.