World-renowned speaker to discuss the future at Nordic Architecture Fair

More and more people around the world are choosing to live in cities and we are facing enormous global challenges to create sustainable cities with a green lifestyle. Maybe the solutions to our challenges will come from a new architectural force consisting of young, socially driven women? Manon Mollard, the new editor of the prestigious magazine The Architectural Review, will lead an architectural track about this issue during this year’s Nordic Architecture Fair.

Originally from Lyon, France, Manon Mollard trained as an architect at London’s Architectural Association. She has since practised as an architect in Medellón, Colombia’s second largest city. With a population of two million, this city is characterized by a wealthy centre with poor slums on the outskirts. Thus, social values formed an important aspect of Manon Mollard’s view of architecture’s role in the city.

In 2013, Manon Mollard began working for the prestigious The Architectural Review magazine in London. Last year she became the magazine’s 16th editor in its 123-year history. The Architectural Review appears monthly and is an institution that carries a lot of weight among architects around the world. With content similar to that of a cultural magazine, social values have also come into focus in The Architectural Review. Its progressive approach is reflected in the annual “Emerging Architecture Awards”, which this year will be conferred for the 20th time.

Investing in young architects, which is also one of the objectives of this year’s Nordic Architecture Fair, is fully in line with the ambitions of Manon Mollard and her current employer. It therefore makes total sense that she should lead the architectural track, which has been entitled “Emerging Architects, Gender and Social Values” at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre on 16 October.

More and more female architects are now being trained, and especially in the Nordic countries, the profession is becoming female-dominated. This raises questions about how it will affect architecture in the future and how architects’ self-image will change. For example, what is the best way to create a dynamic between younger and more experienced architects? This is important in an industry that has to rethink the challenges of the future regarding sustainability in all its dimensions, not least the social one. Because our architecture, too, has always reflected our social values.

Manon Mollard will lead the discussion around these exciting issues as our keynote speaker on the afternoon of 16 October. So take this opportunity to face the future now that we have a world-renowned figure visiting our city.