Nov. 24, 2021

Architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta on Transdisciplinary Design and Climate Abuse

Architect Craig Dykers is the co-founder of Snøhetta, an international design collective whose transdisciplinary approach and emphasis on diversity have contributed to a deep portfolio of visually remarkable and environmentally thoughtful work.


Architect Craig Dykers is the co-founder of Snøhetta, an international design collective whose transdisciplinary approach and emphasis on diversity have contributed to a deep portfolio of visually remarkable and environmentally thoughtful work. From their redesign of the Knubben harbor bath in Norway resembling that of a topographic map to their pedestrian-focused remodel of Times Square in recent years, Snøhetta has oriented itself as a global leader in contemporary design and architecture innovation.

This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we interview Craig Dykers of Snøhetta about the firm’s creative design philosophies, touching on the importance of collaboration and combatting climate abuse through their practice. In addition, Craig answers your listener questions, offering up some advice for young architects while reminding fellow designers to keep their circle of friends open and artistic interests broad.

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Read more about Snøhetta's work and the projects we discuss:

Historic 1930s Sea Pool Is Getting a Dramatic Redesign Resembling a Topographic Map

Snøhetta Designs "Lunar" Landmark for Technological Achievement in Qianhai Bay

This Zero-Energy Museum Proposal Will Be One of the First of Its Kind in South Korea

Craig Dykers

Founding Partner

Craig Dykers founded Snøhetta, an integrated architecture, landscape architecture and design company in 1989. The studio focuses on well-being, biodiversity, sustainability, and empowering the communities where they work. Dykers has led many prominent projects including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Oslo Opera in Norway, the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the redesign of Times Square in New York City. Recent projects underway include the El Paso Children’s Museum, Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, and the Ford Motor Company Research Campus, among many other projects nationally and internationally. The studio has received numerous recognitions, including the Cooper Hewitt’s 2020 National Design Award for Architecture, the Aga Kahn Award for Architecture, and the Mies van der Rohe Award. The practice has been recognized among the top ten most innovative companies in the world by the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company magazine. Throughout this, there remains a deep seated interest in building an intimate relationship with people and places as a source for inspiration.