Steen has been responsible for developing PLH’s approach to an integrated workplace and building design. He is currently involved in projects in Denmark and abroad, where an integrated sustainable workplace has been an important part of the client’s brief. Steen facilitates the design process and, as an integral part, supports the interpretation of organizational, real estate and workplace strategies into local environments. Steen has a wide international experience and is responsible for PLH’s work abroad. The firm’s projects have benefited from his extensive knowledge of working with large global companies including IBM, LEGO, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Scandinavian Airlines, SBA Group and Oticon. I addition he has been responsible for projects for the United Nations and the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Geneva, New York and New Delhi. His most recent major projects include the Aller Media Building in Copenhagen and Green Hall in Vilnius, Lithuania; both completed in 2009. He is responsible for a number of large scale office developments in progress in Denmark and abroad.
Steen received his Master of Architecture degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen in 1980. From 1980-83 he was employed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York. Since 1985 he has been a Partner and Director of PLH architects in Copenhagen and London.
Steen is a member of The Architects’ Association of Denmark, International associate AIA (American Institute of Architects), The Danish Association of Architectural Firms International Committee, Board Member of the Danish Facilities Management Network, The Building Award Committee for Køge Municipality, Advisory Board MBA Byg, Copenhagen Business School and The European Group for Future Workspace. Steen has extensive experience as a jury member in architectural competitions.
PLH’s strength is the combination of vast industry knowledge based on over 30 years of experience and a very broad spectrum of competencies and knowhow. PLH’s multi-disciplinary approach is a part of stimulating an interactive and productive working environment for our talented and creative people, partly architects, but also interior designers and industrial designers, together with specialists within construction, process planning and communication.
PLH’s workplace design services are based on the philosophy of developing environments for people where organizations thrive and vice versa. As per the holistic approach taken to architecture, human needs and patterns of use are integrated into the interpretation of organizational and real estate strategies to achieve sustainable workplace environments.
PLH’s definition of “workplace” is broader than office environments, encompassing users’ needs within all building types including research, educational and healthcare facilities.
PLH’s workplace design services span from integrated workplace and building design –designing buildings from the inside, out – to commissions for strategic briefing, process planning, interior design and furniture selection and procurement. Strategy and vision setting activities, workshops, user interviews and pilot projects are some of the tools used in the development of workplace design projects.
Sustainability starts from inside out – How do you create a sustainable workplace
- A holistic approach to a sustainable workplace design
- The challenge of a balanced approach to a Sustainable Development and The Integrated Workplace will be assessed
- The impact of organizational structures and cultures on the working environment
- The strong link between spatial design, behavior and results will be demonstrated
- The presentation will include best practice from ongoing projects as well as case studies