Architecture Design StudioSemester Course

Architecture & Design
Week-Long Study Tour
Germany-Netherlands or Finland-Sweden
Core Course Week Study Tour
Berlin (Full-Year Students Only) or Denmark
Major Discipline(s)
Architecture, Design
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

In this studio you engage in an exploration of Danish and Scandinavian design practice through challenging assignments addressing real sites and issues in and around Copenhagen. Studio groups combine students of different levels and backgrounds. This course is taught vertically, and expectations relate to you as an individual student.


Mia Behrens

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Masters in Architecture and Landscape (Special focus; UN sustainable development goals) from The Royal Danish Academy of Art - School of Architecture (2017-2020), Bachelors degree in Architecture (Complexity Handling in Practice) From The Royal Danish Academy of Art - School of Architecture (2013-2016). Own architectural practice since 2020 — Working with the tension between landscape and building. Project lead and Architects at IKEAs Innovation lab SPACE10 (2017-2018). Professional experience also includes research, lecturing and consultancy. With DIS since 2021

Marie-Louise Holst

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MAA (Aarhus School of Architecture, 2003). Employment as design tutor and lecturer University of Sydney, Australia (2005-2007) and University of Technology, Sydney (2008-2012). Employment at Johnson Pilton Walker, Sydney (2003-2004), Richard Goodwin Studio, Sydney (2004-2006), 3xN, Copenhagen (2006-2007), Neeson Murcutt Architects, Sydney (2007-2010), Force4, Copenhagen (2010-2011) and EFFEKT, Copenhagen (2013-present). With DIS Since 2014.

Jacob Nørløv

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect. Previously employed at Foster and Partners, where designed and tendered for Swiss-Re House, 1998-2001. Previously employed at Henning Larsen Architects, where designed and tendered for the Opera House in Copenhagen, 2001-2004. Own office since 2010 working with research and architecture. Teacher of Architectural Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark since 2011. Guest critique at DIS since 2011. With DIS since 2013.


Dani Hill-Hansen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Masters of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering from Aalborg University Copenhagen (2019-2021), Masters of Architecture from Taliesin - The Frank LLoyd Wright School of Architecture (2011-2013), Bachelor of Science in Interior Design  (Sustainable Design Concentration) from Endicott College (2007-2011). Professional experience includes teaching, lecturing, research, material innovation, building design and sustainable consultancy. Experience spanning design scales from the creation of bio-based materials, to integration of passive passive architectural principles, to co-creation and collaboration tools for circular innovation settings - sustainability is the thread that drives Dani’s professional experience and academic pursuits. Most recent work has focused on systems level solutions for circular transformation of the Danish building sector. With DIS since 2014.

Dominic Balmforth

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MA, Dip Arch, M.A.A RIBA (SCI-Arc & Bartlett School of Architecture 1999). Architect at Henning Larsen Architects. Head of Design at sustainability consultancy, Beyond Green Ltd. Associate Professor at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (2009 – 2016). Owner of the consultancy, Susturb, since 2006, bringing design and sustainability strategy to private and public sector; global Home Improvement retailer, Kingfisher plc. (2009 –), NCC Danmark (2009-), The Royal Government of Bhutan (2011), MAVA Foundation (2012), Ramboll (2012-13), CONCITO (2021). With DIS since 2008.