Baumer Series: Luis Callejas and Charlotte Hansson


Nov 10, 2021



United States


LCLA Office bridges the limits between architecture and landscape architecture. The studio is based in Oslo led by Colombian architect Luis Callejas and Swedish architect Charlotte Hansson. LCLA Office’s director Luis Callejas has been faculty at Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 2011 to 2016 and is currently full professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Charlotte Hansson’s experience in Scandinavia includes working at Space group, White Arkitekter, and Alab. In 2020, they are the Louis Kahn visiting assistant professors at the Yale school of architecture.

Completed works include the aquatic centre for the XI South American games, an open-air complex of competition swimming pools in Medellin, and the renovation of “El Campin,” the main futbol stadium in Colombia. Currently, the studio is developing the landscape for the restoration of the former US embassy designed by Eero Saarinen in Oslo, as well as different public and private projects in Norway, France, and Colombia.

The studio has been nominated to the EU Mies Award for European Architecture and the Mies Crown Hall for Architecture in the Americas. LCLA office was awarded with the Architectural League of New York Prize for Young Architects in 2013 and selected as one of the world’s ten best young practices by the Lakov Chernikhov International Foundation in 2010 and again nominated in 2012 and 2014. In 2016 Callejas was one of the three finalists for the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative. Since 2008 LCLA office has received diverse recognitions in twenty design competitions and their works exhibited recently at the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2018 and 2021 Venice Biennials, the 2016 Lisbon Triennial, and the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennial. Recently some of the studio’s works were acquired by the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art. Callejas is the author of Pamphlet Architecture 33 (Princeton Architectural Press, NY). The competition for PA33 asked previous authors in the series to nominate the architects and theorists whose work represents the most exciting design and research in the field today.