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What can architects do to keep rapidly growing urban areas livable? How can they create more sustainable cities? Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen is among those leading the charge to respond to such challenges. Hear how from one of the partners.

December 4, 2019
6:00 pm
$20 public (includes CAC admission)
$15 CAC members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.


Though their work ranges from small civic buildings to urban mega-projects, Henning Larsen is committed to social and environmental responsibility in everything they do. One of their most ambitious undertakings to date is the design of a new waterfront downtown in Shenzhen, China—a booming megacity of more than 20 million people. This project and others by Henning Larsen tackle the need for a sustainable and livable city of the future, with an awareness of the strains rapid urbanization is putting on infrastructure and resources. Partner and Design Principal Louis Becker will elaborate on these challenges and share what sets his firm apart.

Program Speaker: Louis becker

Carol Ross Barney

Louis has been part of the executive management team since 2005, and during three decades at Henning Larsen, he has cultivated a wide spectrum of international experience, including expertise in cultural and commercial architecture, universities and master planning. Louis oversees and has ultimate responsibility for development of the Henning Larsen design profile, ensuring the quality of competition proposals and maintaining architectural standards in subsequent planning.

Serving as partner-in-charge for significant projects and competitions, Louis is the driving force behind complex architectural and decision-making processes with multiple stakeholders. Taking a context-driven approach to the design process, he tackles every project based on the conviction that architecture must speak directly to its users and give back to the society in which it exists.

Program moderator: Mark Sexton

Louis Becker

Co-Founding partner of Krueck+Sexton (K+S), Mark is integral to the design and management of all of the firm’s work. A Fellow of the AIA, he is dedicated to guiding the future practitioners of architecture. As a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology and past thesis advisor, Mark advocates for the University today by serving on the Board of Advisors and is Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern in the Architectural Engineering and Design program in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Mark and the firm have received more than 70 awards over the past four decades. Currently on the boards at K+S is a mixed use commercial park and community green space in Northern Virginia, a large building repositioning projects in Chicago, WashingtonDC, and Boston, a Performing Arts Center in Illinois–and projects world-wide at Embassies and Consulates for the US Department of State.

  • Discounted tickets are available with a valid student ID for $12 at the CAC Box Office.