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.
"I applied for a position with C.F. Møller Architects because it is a large well-established architectural firm whose work also includes international projects. There is a great variety of projects within the company ranging from planning to construction - including the possibility of working on large scale projects "he says.

Enjoying the breadth of work
Mathias Bagger Poulsen was employed in the autumn of 2010, and has since worked on such diverging projects as the competition proposal for the area regeneration of Viby South in Aarhus - from ghetto to an attractive residential area - and on the project competition for the new super hospital in Gødstrup, Jutland.

"I enjoy the scope and breadth of work within the competition department - both in scale and in content. On the Viby South project the objective was to help solve the area's social problems thereby making it a more attractive place to live - at the same time residents and user groups still had to feel at home.
Gødstrup was a completely different story; it is a Greenfield project forming a new positive profile for the area. Concurrently the design has to ensure the hospitals efficiency in all aspects of its operations, create a patient-friendly hospital environment, and a good working environment. It is challenging working with such diverse design issues - and great to be part of a team of colleagues who have specialist knowledge on e.g. hospitals."

The winning project for the Viby South design competition has already been selected - C.F. Møller won the competition for the new community centre, which will become the focal point for the area. The Gødstrup Hospital Competition has not yet been finalised.

Part of a team
Mathias Bagger Poulsen has specialised in 3D modelling, but being part of the competition group he is involved in all phases of the design process.

"It is a team-based work environment, and people are keen to hear what contributions and ideas other colleagues might have. There is a lot of experience, but there is also great consideration within the team."

"3D modelling, for instance, is good when doing volume studies in the early stages of a project; it may be that I model some of the first sketches into 3D. A sketch in 2D can have a certain level of perfection and detail - in 3D, everything becomes more concrete: How does the room work? Does it work? It is a working process very much based on dialogue."

Combining tradition and innovation
Mathias Bagger Poulsen sees it as a great experience to work for a company with a history like C.F Møller's - dating back to Aarhus University, built from 1931 onwards.

"The company is based on tradition - on what is good design and on what works. But we are also innovative - aiming for the future of design. Working with a focusing on both aspects is a good combination, "he thinks.

"The company's history is not the deciding factor in wanting to work here, but I do think it's interesting to experience - also to see how former employees, who have been here for maybe 40 years, still come for the annual Christmas party and other social events. I think that is good going - people can still look each other in the eye after so many years of working together. That in itself speaks positively about a workplace - standing by its decisions and having integrity."

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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?"