External collaborative activities

At the Institute of Architecture and Design, we stay connected – locally and globally. We constantly seek to strengthen our ties to the world outside the school, because our goal is not only to provide high quality education but also to contribute to society through our research and innovative solutions to real life challenges.

It makes perfect sense for us to engage in collaborations with private and public partners: students get close to real life situations and partners are offered brand new takes on their projects: new design methods and strategies, solutions or prototypes. We consider collaboration with external partners as a natural part of the education, and external partners form part of research projects as well as teaching. Collaborations support the development of architect and design competencies that are relevant to the student, the industry and society at large.

We dedicate the first two weeks of all master’s programmes to an intensive workshop that highlights the strengths of cross-disciplinary collaboration. The workshop addresses important issues and challenges in today’s society, and each year we team up with an external partner who selects the overall theme in collaboration with IBD. In 2018 and 2019 the collaborations have resulted in an exhibition at Milan Design Week.

Latest collaborations
Bevica Foundation, Kvadrat, Henning Larsen Architects, Kähler, Fritz Hansen, HAY, Sika Design, IKEA, Montana, Holmegaard, Royal Copenhagen, By Malene Birger, Wood Wood, Barbara I Gongini, Copenhagen Fashion Week, Copenhagen Fashion Festival, DAC, BLOXHUB, SBI, social housing association VIBO, the Municipality of Copenhagen, The Danish Agency for Culture, Danida, and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Cristobal Balenciaga Museum, Faaborg Museum, Medical Museion, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Glass Museum Ebeltoft, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, and Bornholm Art Museum.

Copenhagen Business School, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Parsons, Copenhagen University, Technical University of Denmark, Aalto University, and Royal College of Art.

Dorte Mandrup and Cecilie Manz act as Adjunct Professors at IBD, and from 2014 to 2020 Henny & Johan Richter Foundation funds professional architectural and international activities at the institute. Furthermore, the institute is supported by an advisory board of professionals. 

Different Bodies - Collaboration with Bevica, SUMH & Muskelsvindfonden
Ingestion – Collaboration with Kähler Design
Balenciaga Project
Collaboration with Petersen Tegl and the Swiss embassy in Copenhagen
Francesca Leibowitz - former student / Institute of Architecture and Design
Francesca Leibowitz - former student / Institute of Architecture and Design

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