Interview with head of institute Katrine Lotz of Architecture, City and Landscape

KADK Insight

Starting the school year 2014 KADK is organized in a new structure consisting of 7 new institutes. We have interviewed the 7 new heads of institute of the School of Architecture, School of Design and the School of Conservation as well as rector. Katrine Lotz is head of the institute of Architecture, City and Landscape.

Head of institute Katrine Lotz

1. What is special about your institute?
We work with architecture and design as a part of the towns', cities' and landscapes'
large scale – and thus a decisive part of societal development. Our
graduates will have to make proposals about tomorrow's welfare society – in
the form of anything from housing, hospitals and cultural buildings to cities
and infrastructure. All based on unique professional architectural competences.

2. What characterises the students at your institute?
They are inquisitive and undaunted. They can think analytically, and they
simply cannot stop drawing and visualise their thoughts. They have a desire
to learn to think of architecture as crucial to the quality of near spaces, urban
spaces and landscape spaces. They are full of confi dence and faith that they
can contribute to making the world a better place to live.

3. Which role does your institute play in Danish art and culture?
Our knowledge about how you create beautiful, relevant and eventful spaces
on all scales is decisive for the cultural self-perception with which we as a
society meet the world. We contribute to high quality in the communities and
to the individual's quality of life in the public space – in buildings, towns/cities
and landscapes.

4. Which work/product or place do you associate with the institute?
The Finger Plan from 1949 captures its era's knowledge about the city's enormous
complexity, green areas, population, infrastructure, buildings – everything!
The Plan constitutes a clear, precise and recognisable fi gure that points
forward, dynamically, yet focused.

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