Meet the people behind the Triennale

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    Christian Pagh

    Director and Chief curator

    Christian has headed a wide range of projects within urban planning, architecture and culture, both as a partner in the strategic design company Urgent.Agency and in the public sector. He is a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School in Design thinking, and holds a master’s degree in Modern culture and Philosophy from Copenhagen University and Paris VIII. A recurring theme in Christian’s practical and academic work is exploring the intricate connections between cultures and places.

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    Alexandra Cruz

    Head of Programme and International Relations

    Alexandra is coordinating the programme with various local and international partners. She has developed are variety of projects in the intersections between architecture, design and arts. She has worked at the Arts Institute from the Ministry of Culture of Portugal, with Portuguese representations in biennales of Venice in 2004 and São Paulo in 2005. Alexandra is educated in Architecture from Lisbon School of Architecture and in Scenography from Central Saint Martins, College of Arts and Design, London.

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    Thomas Cook

    Head of Development

    Thomas manages collaborations, partnerships and development activities. He has worked with urban topics from different perspectives: with urban spaces for the Agency for City Environment in Oslo, and as an advisor for the City Architect in Bergen. He co-founded the neighbourhood café Nobel Bopel in Bergen in 2009. He has a master's degree in Architecture History and a bachelor's degree in Social Geography from the University of Bergen, having also studied Urban Studies at the 4CITIES program in the University of Copenhagen. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Urbanism at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

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    Henrik der Minassian

    Head of Exhibition

    Henrik has a background as Director for Gallery ROM, an independent architecture gallery in Oslo. He was one of the founding partners for Norway's first film festival for architecture, Arkitekturfilm Oslo. Before ROM, he worked with planning and implementation of art exhibitions, as production manager for Kunstnernes Hus. He has also worked as producer and curator at Kunsthall Färgfabrikken, the centre for contemporary art and architecture in Stockholm. He has studied art at Kunstakademiet i Trondheim, KIT-NTNU.

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    Marianne Welle

    Communication Manager

    Marianne has a background in managing cultural events. She has worked as a communication advisor for the Agency for Cultural Affairs in the City of Oslo, was head of Oslo Culture Night for 8 years, and has lead large events and festivals for the City of Oslo. She curated Oslo Innovation Weeks's cultural program, lead the implementation of The Oslo Brand Management Strategy and project managed international conferences for The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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    Jonas Vesterhus

    Event and Production Manager

    Jonas has the role as House Manager for the former Munch museum, the Triennale’s headquarters for its 2022 edition. He has studied entrepreneurship at Kristiania University College in Oslo and has since worked with projects in the intersection between placemaking, culture and entrepreneurship. He co-founded Enterspace – a digital platform making temporary empty buildings available for new use – and the co-working space Greenhouse Oslo. He has also worked for the architectural practice Spacegroup in Oslo.

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    Pernille Boye Ahlgren

    Assistant Exhibition Architect

    Pernille is pursuing her master’s degree in architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, where she has also been head of the Student Union. Previously, Pernille has worked as an intern for Snøhetta studio Paris. With a background in literature and political philosophy from the University of Bergen and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Pernille engages in architectural research and writing.

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    Katharina Sauermann

    International Press and Relations

    Katharina is pursuing her master’s degree in architecture at Die Angewandte Studio 1 Diaz Moreno Garcia Grinda in Vienna and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. In 2018, she worked as a Program Manager at the Copenhagen Architecture Festival, and has been involved in several international exhibitions and events. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, Vienna Design Week 2020 and 2021, MAK - Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna and recently at the Center for Architecture in New York.

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The 2022 Triennale team. From left: Katharina, Jonas, Alexandra, Christian, Thomas, Pernille, Henrik, Marianne. Photo: Jan Khür.