Jørgen Bo

Jørgen Bo

Born: 1919 - Died: 1999

Jørgen Bo was a Danish architect, and after training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1941, he also taught there from 1946. He was an appointed associate professor in architecture, in 1959, and the following year appointed professor and disputed this position until 1989.

After graduating, Jørgen Bo worked for architect Kay Fisker and architect Palle Suenson. In 1943, he opened his own practice, and worked in the years 1944-52 as a technical consultant for the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, and continued as a member of the Nature Conservation Council of 1952-61.

In the same period, 1947-57, Jørgen Bo ocollaborated with architect Knud Hallberg on several housing projects, but in 1957, he established the design studio Bo and Wohlert, together with Vilhelm Wohlert. Their joint masterpiece, the art museum Louisiana in Humlebæk, was built in several stages from 1958-91. It was a life’s work to develop Louisiana, as it took 33 years, before the last expansion was finished.

Their work includes the restoration and refurnishment of Music History Museum in Copenhagen, the Danish Embassy in Brasil (1972-74)and the Art Museum in Bochum in Germany (1978-83).

With Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen, Jørgen Bo built Blågård Seminary in Gladsaxe (1962-66), and with Donald Hegelund, as an associate architect, on IBM’s Danish headquarters in Lundtofte (1970-72).

Jørgen Bo has taken a prominent place in Danish architecture, partly through his own work, partly through his professorship at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, in Copenhagen 1960-89. He was awarded with numerous honors as the Eckerbergs medal and C.F.Hansen medal, and he was a knight of the first degree of Dannebrog.

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