Tom Nielsen
  • Exners Plads 7

    8000 Aarhus C



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Curriculum vitae

CV: Tom Nielsen (*1970). Architect, PhD

Professor, Aarhus School of Architecture (AAA)

Nørreport 20, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. Email: [email protected]



2001                                          Ph.D. Aarhus School of Architecture

1996                                          Master of Architecture, Aarhus School of Architecture



2014-                                        Professor, Urban and Landscape Planning, Aarhus School of Architecture

2004-14                                     Associate professor, Aarhus School of Architecture

2003-04                                     Post.doc., AAA, Grant Danish Research Councils

2001-03                                     Assistant professor, Dept. of Landscape and Urbanism, Aarhus School of Architecture


Research Management experience

2018-21                                     Lead applicant international scientific network “Atmospheres in the Urban Anthropocene: International and cross-disciplinary research-network

2018-19                                     Projectleader: Structural Image Østjylland, funded by Realdania. With Business Region Aarhus, Trekantområdet, Boris Jensen og Holger Bisgaard.

2016-18                                     Member of Steering Group and project leader, Rethinking Tourism in a Coastal City – Design for New Engagements, Funded by Innovation Fund Denmark

2015-                                        Head of Research Lab “Territories, Architecture and Transformation”, AAA (32 researchers)

2007                                          Projectleader ‘Byudvikling og trafikal infrastruktur I Østjylland’, For Ministry of Environment

2004-09                                     Projectleader ’The Concept of the City’ researchgroup, Center for Strategic Urban Research funded by Realdania


Other Scientific Qualifications

2014-16                                     Member PhDcomittee, AAA

2011-14                                     Member Research Council, AAA

2010- 13                                    Member of Scientific Board ‘Future Suburbia’, Realdania

2009- 13                                    Member of Scientific Group, Design and Architecture, Bibliometric Research-indicators, Ministry of Science

2007-10                                     Member of Consultative Committee, Plan 09, Ministry of the Environment

2006-10                                     Boardmember, The Consortium for Research Education Architecture and Design

2005-07                                     Member of Scientific Board, IFHP World Congress Copenhagen

2003-06                                     Member of Scientific Board, Center for Public Space Research, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture

2002-03                                     Member Scientific committee, Bedre Byrum-campaign (Better Urban Spaces), Realdania



Scientific focus areas

Urban landscapes, urban public space design, suburban transformation, urban regions, ethics and architecture, Urban design and planning discourse and concepts.


Projectlist (selection)


2018-19         Structural plan, Eastern Jutland Conurbation. With H. Bisgaard and B.B. Jensen. For Business Region Aarhus and Trekantsområdet and Realdania.

2016              New Aarch. New Aarhus School of Architecture. Invited competition. With BIG/TRANSFORM/Rambøll/SLA

2016              Stigsborg. New urban district. Invited competition. With SLETH/TRANSFORM/Ellen Braae and more

2016              Campus Slagelse and urban center. Invited competition. With SLETH/Erik Brandt Dam and more 1. Prize

2015-18         Advisor on redevelopment of Gellerup for Brabrand Housing Association

2015-16          Scenarios for the future of Danish ’station-cities’. With JWH architects. For Ministry of Cities, Housing and rural districts

2014              Modelprogram, Renovation LowDensen housing. Invited competition. With ADEPT/DOMUS mfl.

2013               Linköping. The inner city expands across the river. Invited competition. With TRANSFORM.

2012               New Banegårdsgade. Invited competition. With COBE/TRANSFORM. 1. prize

2012               Bording. Transformationsstrategies With UiWE

2012               Lund Science Village. Invited competition. With ADEPT/SHL

2012               Hummeltoftevej. Invited competition. With TRANSFORM.

2011               Västra Roslags – Näsby. Invited competition. With ADEPT

2011               RockMagnet Roskilde. Invited competition. With TRANSFORM/Wingårdh

2011               Oceanpiren, Helsingborg. Urban Design study. With TRANSFORM

2010               Loop City. with BIG (see

2010               Fredericia C. Invited competition. With TRANSFORM.

2008               Øresundsvisions 2040, with Powerhouse/UiWE

2007              ’Urban development and infrastructure in Eastern Jutland’ With R. Bach, T. Clemmensen and S. Boris. For Ministry of Environment, National planning department.

2006               Beachpromenade Hjerting. Open competition. With TRANSFORM/Toft Arkitektur. 3. prize

2006               New City Center Åsane, Bergen. EUROPAN 8, Open competition. with TRANSFORM. 1. prize

2005               Energy efficient building, Bjørvika, Oslo, Open competition. With TRANSFORM/BSAA. 1. prize

2005               Performing Arts Center, Kristianssand, Open competition. With TRANSFORM. 3. prize

2004               Art and Culture Center, Hammerfest, Open competition. With TRANSFORM/MONOLAB. 2. præmie

2003               UllerødCity, Invited competition. With TRANSFORM. 3. prize

2003               Hasle Hills, Open competition. With TRANSFORM. 1. prize. Realised.

1999               Housingarea Sorø, Open competition. With TRANSFORM. 4. prize.

1998               Køge Harbour South, Open competition. With TRANSFORM. 3. prize

1997               University of Copenhagen Amager, Open competition. With TRANSFORM. Shared 2. prize



Exhibitions (own work)


2013               Superfluous Landscapes. 5 photographs, Future Suburbs, Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen 

2010               LOOP CITY With BIG/Kollision, Venice Biennale

2005               City South : escape routes to the city With TRANSFORM and Peter Holst Henckel., Box 2.0/Copenhagen

2000               Models of Resistance. Gallery Overgaden, Copenhagen

2000               Rummets Udspænding - Byens Udstrækning, Arkitektskolen Aarhus. Med TRANSFORM

2000                ]Aarhus – Las Vegas[, With P. Hemmersam og B. B. Jensen Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen 

1999               H-City,  With TRANSFORM, Fall-exhibition Charlottenborg, Copenhagen



Boards (selection)


2017-19         Partner in European Network “New Towns, Arrival Cities”. Funded by EU Europe for Citizens programme

2013-16         Member Advisory Board , research project Future North, AHO/Barentsinstituttet, Norge

2009-16         Member Board of Experts, European Public Space Prize

2007-09         Member Advisory Board, Plan 09, Ministry of Environment

2005-2007      Member Scientific Board, International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), World Congress Copenhagen 2007

2004-09         Projektleder på delprojektet ’Bybegrebet og den grænseløse by’ under Center for Strategisk Byforskning

2003-2006      Medlem advisory board Center for Public Space Research, Royal Academy, Copenhagen



Jury architecture competitions



2019              Byen til vandet, Randers.

2018              Renovation housingblock A17 Toveshøj, Brabrand Housing Association, Aarhus

2017              Renovation housingblock B7 Gellerup, Brabrand Housing Association, Aarhus

2017              Renovation housingblock B4 Gellerup, Brabrand Housing Association, Aarhus

2016              City-integrated Campus, Aarhus

2015              Agro Food Park, Aarhus

2014              Urban park Gellerup, Aarhus

2012-             Hobro Central City

2012              Rail-city,Viborg

2012              City In Between, Ålborg

2009              Greve central city

2008-09         H+, Helsingborg, Sweden

2007-2008      Superkilen, Nørrebro Copenhagen

2007              Masterplan, Grangegorman, Dublin, Ireland

2006-2009      LMG-area, South Harbour Copenhagen,

2005              Møllepark, Aarhus




Research area

  • City
  • Landscape
  • Theory and philosophy

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