Vanessa Miriam Carlow studied architecture and urban design at Berlin and Delft University of Technology. She graduated as Diploma Architect from Berlin University of Technology in 2002. In 2001 and 2003, Vanessa worked for MVRDV and KCAP (Kees Christiaanse Architects and Partners), both Rotterdam. In 2004, Vanessa graduated as MA Urban Management in the joined international course from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Copenhagen University, Ca’ Foscari Venice, Antwerp University, and Autonomous University Barcelona. Since 2006, Vanessa is a Phd fellow at the Architect School of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen.
In 2005, Vanessa founded COBE (www.cobe.dk) together with Dan Stubbergaard. COBE is an internationally operating office practicing architecture, urbanism, and research. The name COBE stands for the two cities, Dan and Vanessa are coming from: Copenhagen and Berlin. While COBE started in Copenhagen, a Berlin office was recently established.
Recently completed COBE-projects include Taastrup Theater (shortlisted World Architecture Award 2010) and the Culture House and Library Nordvest, Copenhagen (in 2011 awarded “Good and Beautiful Buildings of the City of Copenhagen 2011” medal). COBE-designed masterplans and buildings currently under construction are among others: the conversion for the Northern Harbour Copenhagen (shortlisted World Architecture Award 2009), the reconstruction of Norreport Station Copenhagen, the Danish Pavilion at the Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea, the Maritime Museum Porsgrunn Norway, and the development plan for the extension of Copenhagen University. COBE consults the City of Berlin about hosting a third "International Building Exhibition" (IBA) in Berlin. Just recently COBE won the competition for the Roskilde Rock Museum together with MVRDV.
COBE has marked itself as innovative and price winning practice. In 2006, Dan and Vanessa received the Golden Lion of the 10th Architectural Biennale Venice for “Magic Mountains” as part of the Danish Pavilion. Since, Dan and Vanessa have received several awards for their contributions to architecture, urbanism and research, and also participated in the Venice Biennale 2008 and 2010.
With her work in academic life and practice, Vanessa wants to contribute to building decent, equitable, beautiful and sustainable cities!
Vanessa's continuous involvements and collaboration with universities, research institutes and academies around the world, allows to constantly build and reflect upon the current state of knowledge concerning, cities, architecture and society.
Vanessa has been member of the Danish jury for Europan 2009. She was assistant professor at Berlin University of Technology, Chair of Urban Design and Sustainable Architecture from 2009 until 2011. Currently, Vanessa is a visiting professor at the newly found RISEBA School of Architecture and Design in Riga.
Furthermore, Vanessa has lectured or been a guest critic at several universities around the world including the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, Columbia University New York, Cornell University, Tsingua Beijing, Tongji Shanghai, University of Arts Berlin, Academy for Architecture Rotterdam, and Munich University of Technology.

lecture: 23th of October (Sunday) 6.00pm
place: Sculpture Pavilion, Faculty Arxhitecture, Warsaw University of Technology
55 Koszykowa Street

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