Modern cities and societies are complex entities dependent on a wide range of functions to run smoothly. Reliable supplies of power, heating and water are basic amenities, but an efficient infrastructure and mobility are crucial too for modern life. Without these there can be no growth, development or welfare. At Gottlieb Paludan Architects, we focus on these basic functions of society: it is our mission to shape better cities and societies with architecture of the highest technical and aesthetic quality.
Gottlieb Paludan Architects provides consultancy services within infrastructure, construction and landscape architecture. Our specialist knowledge and experience is our natural starting point, but we do also look up and out from the drawing board and consider our projects in a wider social context. We take a special interest in the transition from black coal to green energy, the interaction between different modes of transport, the transformation of urban spaces left behind by time and tide, the integration of striking structures into the surrounding landscape and the move from cellular offices to new ways of working.
We believe that clear simplicity brings a beauty all of its own. It makes no difference whether we design a power station or a corporate headquarters or whether we renovate a railway station. To us, form and function are two sides of the same coin.
We focus on creating value for the client, user and society at large and strive to integrate sustainability, social responsibility and environmentally conscious solutions in all our projects. We listen carefully and take on board the client’s wishes and requirements, and we are known for building long-term, trust-based relationships with our clients.
Our architecture is all over Denmark, equally at home in towns, cities and landscapes. We are proud to contribute to Denmark’s leading position in sustainable infrastructure and construction. We currently have activities in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Asia, and it is our ambition to bring architecture of the highest technical quality and aesthetic value to many more countries across the world.
CSR & Sustainability
Responsible and sustainable solutions
At Gottlieb Paludan Architects, we want to contribute to creating a more sustainable world. We do that partly by working actively with sustainability in all our projects and partly by measuring and minimizing our own environmental impact. We endorse the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainability from 1987 and the UN Global Compact.
Gottlieb Paludan Architects is authorized to certify office and commercial buildings according to the DGNB standard (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – German Sustainable Building Council).
We have been a member of the UN Global Compact initiative since 2009, supporting human rights, employee rights and the protection of the natural environment and actively opposing corruption in all its forms. You can read about our engagement in our most recent Communication on Progress report here.
Job and internship
Our workplace – knowledge is key
“I am proud to be a member of the Gottlieb Paludan Architects team. The projects and the way we work are characterized by high levels of professionalism and commitment, and there is a good atmosphere too.” Flemming Wagner, Architect MAA, employed in March 2017
Gottlieb Paludan Architects employs the best and most talented people. In addition, the company offers its employees ongoing training and development, tailored to the individual employee’s role and responsibility within GPA.
Project management: Every GPA project manager who is the lead professional on a specific assignment is a member of the GPA Project Manager Forum. The members come together to participate in structured programmes on the responsibilities, duties and tools of project managers. The programmes are concise and carefully managed; both internal and external speakers contribute and members share their knowledge and experience, ensuring that the company’s knowledge is updated and employees apply uniform methods wherever relevant.
Digital development: Gottlieb Paludan Architects uses BIM, VR and other digital tools on many levels. Employees are invited to participate in ad hoc, internal training courses, adapted to specific projects or current challenges, and in external programmes, such as ICT management courses.
Skills networks: GPA employees develop their skills and professional networks via a formalized internal networking programme which supports the company’s strategic tools and business areas. The internal networks have set coordinators who organize about four annual meetings which revolve around internal or external presentations. GPA has currently the following networks: Cycling Solutions and Bicycle Culture, Materials, Public Procurement Legislation, Accessibility, Health & Safety at Work, Digital Technology, Sustainability, Project Planning and Landscape Architecture.
Professional events: “Friday Briefing” is a set weekly presentation on current projects or themes. Venues are organized together with internal and external speakers, internal workshops and study tours.
GPA Practice: Every six months, GPA runs GPA Practice which is the company’s modular induction course for new employees and interns. The seven modules provide the participants with insight into the company’s general expertise and specialisms, phased services, contractual basis and business understanding.
GPA interns: Gottlieb Paludan Architects regards interns as valuable and significant members of the organization. GPA internships provide students with the opportunity to develop their skills and professionalism while they are still at university. All interns are asked to attend the modular induction course GPA Practice, and they are allocated individual mentors who function as their supervisors throughout their internships. The mentors ensure that the individual interns are academically challenged during their internships and that they are appropriately equipped to embark on their professional careers in the construction industry.
“An internship is an ideal opportunity to collaborate with talented professionals and test your own skills.” Helene Bruun Sørensen, intern with Gottlieb Paludan Architects spring 2017, student of landscape architecture
We combine our professional expertise with a keen eye for society’s challenges, user needs and client wishes whether we are working on new builds or renovations. As architects, we have a passion for our profession and for working closely with both clients and colleagues. This is what powers our teams, and we expect a similar attitude and commitment from those wanting to come aboard with us.
There is a great atmosphere in our office; we are friendly, open and respectful of each other. We are good at sharing our knowledge and experience among ourselves, and nobody would hesitate to ask for help or advice. We are busy, but we make space for inspiration and reflection and always take the time to celebrate our successes.
We are always on the lookout for talented and well-qualified architects, landscape architects, constructing architects, engineers – whether you are a graduate and working or still a student – and unsolicited applications are welcome. Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to apply for an internship, please write to email@example.com.
Job vacancies are published on the home page of our website and also on our LinkedIn page.
Read more about Gottlieb Paludan Architects’ personal data policy for applicants here.
The partners are Creative Director Jesper Gottlieb, CEO Kristian Hagemann, Head of Mobility and Transport Mette Neimann, Head of Energy and Utilities John Strandfelt, Head of Design and Head of Commercial and Office Tine Kjærulff Bay and Head of Design Thomas Bonde Hansen.
The company’s daily management consists of Kristian Hagemann, Tine Kjærulff Bay, Mette Neimann, John Strandfelt, and CFO Henrik Røbel.
Gottlieb Paludan Architects was established in Copenhagen in 1901. Since then, the talents and expertise of generations of committed architects have all contributed to the company that we are today. We are proud of our history. It demonstrates continuity and quality, and we believe that it strengthens our capacity to develop beautiful architectural solutions that will stand the test of time.
From the outset, the firm attracted attention designing a number of major public buildings, e.g. the hospitals in Gentofte and Køge; since the 1940s, the energy sector has been a keystone in our client base. Our reputation in this sector was cemented with the Stigsnæsværket project and later reinforced with our work on the Amagerværket CHP plant and Asnæsværket Unit 5. Over the last half-century, designing for the utilities sector has been one of our distinguishing features, resulting in an extensive portfolio of striking structures. Over the last few decades, we have extended our expertise within the utilities sector and taken on a wider variety of projects. During the same period, we have also headed a number of commercial projects and provided client consultancy services.
In recent years, we have significantly strengthened and broadened our expertise with new staff appointments and the acquisition of Public Arkitekter in 2012. This has widened the firm’s traditional key areas – utilities, commercial premises and client consultancy services – to also include core skills in infrastructure, mobility and planning.
Today, Gottlieb Paludan Architects stands as a newer, larger, and stronger version of the architectural firm that was established more than a century ago.