Henning Larsen (August 20th, 1925 - June 23rd, 2013) was a Danish architect educated at the School of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen 1952. He continued his studies at the AA School of Architecture in London (1951-52) and MIT School of Architecture in Boston (1952). From 1968 to 1995 he was a professor of architecture at his alma mater, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Henning Larsen founded Henning Larsen Architects in 1959. From the beginning, he spearheaded competitions and the construction of important buildings in Denmark and abroad. Competitions and architectural experimentation have formed the basis of his architectural work and the development of his studio. In the 1980's, he also founded the architecture gallery SKALA and the journal of the same name - both of which he also managed for a number of years.
He was internationally known for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Riyadh for which he won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1989 and the Copenhagen Opera House.
Henning Larsen has received a number of awards and recognitions. In June 2013, the Europe Nostra Award and in 2012 what is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of art, the Praemium Imperiale. In 2001, he established the Henning Larsen Foundation with the objective of promoting and disseminating architecture in its broad sense.
Henning Larsen died in his bed at the age of 87 on June 22nd, 2013.
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