Lizzie Christensen & Jens Balle

Lizzie Christensen and Jens Balle had their first working day at C.F. Møller Architects together back in 1983. Recently, they could celebrate 25 years with the company with their colleagues. Over the years, they have seen many exciting hospital design projects, and have enjoyed great freedom in their work.
Lizzie and Jens were originally employed when C.F. Møller Architects won the competition to design the new Køge Hospital for Roskilde County. Here, important messages would shoot through the building in pneumatic tubes, and many square metres of shelving had to be allowed for to hold the vast numbers of documents and patient records.

At present, Jens Balle part of the team working on the extension of the former Skejby Hospital, called the New University Hospital in Aarhus. Much space will be needed here for electronic equipment such as CT and MR scanners, and in the hospital basement corridors there may even be robots to ferry supplies back and forth with everything from food to hospital equipment.

A lot has happened in the twenty-five years that technical assistant Lizzie Christensen and architect and project manager Jens Balle have been with the company.

A national map of hospitals
"Hospitals these days are built up of the same basic units as back then: treatment units, wards and out-patient departments. But a lot has changed in the way that hospitals are organised. More patients are for example given out-patient treatment. The changes place new demands on the architecture and interior design," says Jens.

Lizzie and Jens feel it's been exciting to take part in the changes and to extend their own knowledge at the same time.

"There have always been many exciting tasks to get involved in. The time went by so quickly that I never really stopped to wonder whether I should be doing anything else," says Jens.

Lizzie continues: "I enjoy designing hospitals. If you have an ambition to work with specialised hospital projects, there are plenty of challenges to be had at C.F. Møller Architects."

Their CVs practically form a national map of Danish hospitals: all the way from Frederikshavn in the north to Kolding in the south, and from Herning in the west to Bornholm at the easternmost edge of the country. And of course Skejby Hospital in Aarhus, which as mentioned is now to be extended. Then there are the foreign hospitals, such as Oslo's new central hospital, Nye Ahus University Hospital.

Freedom with responsibility
"We have enjoyed being in a workplace where we can work very independently. We organise our own work and our working days. There is a marked degree of freedom with responsibility here," says Jens, and Lizzie nods in agreement.
"And then of course we have some very good colleagues," she adds. "We know each other very well, and that helps to make the work run smoothly."
"Yes, we two only need to say a couple of words to each other, and we immediately know what the other wants. I suppose we have become a kind of professional married couple," smiles Jens.

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Testimonials

Get you an impression of what it is like to work at C.F. Møller Architects. We have interviewed some of our employees.
 

Anne Katrine Arrildt & Kristian Brandsen

”New colleagues are widely appreciated at the office. Partly because people are very aware how new ways of thinking are part of shaping our architectural work in a positive direction.”

Dorte Bækby Jensen

Dorte Bækby Jensen has worked for C.F. Møller Architects for ten years, during which she has several times been about to become a project architect. But with the arrival of two children and her subsequent maternity leave, family life caused her to prioritise differently - until now.

Kasper Bejerholm Rasmussen

"People around here have put such a lot of trust in me - even from the word go. In fact, I was very surprised to realise how much this was so."

Lizzie Christensen & Jens Balle

Lizzie Christensen and Jens Balle had their first working day at C.F. Møller Architects together back in 1983. Recently, they could celebrate 25 years with the company with their colleagues. Over the years, they have seen many exciting hospital design projects, and have enjoyed great freedom in their work.

Mathias Bagger Poulsen

The adrenalin rush after winning a big competition - and the feeling of being part of a team pushing the boundaries of architecture. That is what drives Mathias Bagger Poulsen. This is why, as a newly graduated architect, he sent an unsolicited job application to C.F. Møller Architects with the hope of a position within the competition department - and got the job.

Rolf Nielsen

"It is a particular challenge designing housing in London. Here it is possible to sell almost anything, so it requires good arguments to convince the developer to spend a little extra on quality - why should he?"