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Spacemaker welcomes JB, Simon and Mark

April 9, 2020

BIG Architects alum Simon Irgens joins Spacemaker as Architect and Customer Success Manager

Simon Irgens holds a Master of Architecture from the The Royal Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008), where he specialized in complex buildings and large scale urban projects. His strong interest in digital fabrication and BIM motivated him to get involved in faculty research, where he contributed to exhibitions on the subject in Copenhagen and Berlin.

Simon worked in the Copenhagen office of the now-world famous BIG Architects in their early years. When he moved to Oslo in 2011, he joined Dyrvik Architects and contributed to the growth of the company with his dedication and strength in early phase design development. He was later instrumental in reshaping the firm’s sustainability profile and building a skilled team around it. Simon has led and contributed to all stages of building projects and has a wide knowledge of different building functions, from residential and hotel, to office, to commercial and cultural buildings.

Simon also taught in Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) and worked as a freelance consultant before joining Spacemaker. He says, “I am always looking to accelerate the experience and improve the performance of a building. Exploring multiple alternatives with curiosity and selecting with logic. I find this design method inclusive to large teams and transparent towards clients.”

Mark Szoke brings broad expertise to Spacemaker as Architect and Customer Success Manager

Mark joins Spacemaker as Architect and Customer Success Manager and looks forward to helping customers creating better projects through the combination of human intuition and AI aided design. He is an experienced Architect who has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from a scenic viewpoint structure to a 100,000 m2 office complex. He has broad experience in architectural design processes, from the initial sketch to the construction phase, and has useful knowledge in project management and project leadership.

Mark is mainly specialized in residential buildings and early phase design projects. He has worked on a wide range of projects including possibility studies, urban- and zoning plans for new residential and mixed-use areas. His interests drove him to work with research projects such as non-standard living concepts, including co-housing and adaptive housing for varying phases of different life cycles.

When he is not working, Mark likes to stay active; you’ll find him in the gym, in the mountains or on the way to somewhere.

Spacemaker further invests in French expansion, adds Jean-Baptiste Watine as the Director of Business Development in France

Jean-Baptiste joins us as the Director of Business Development in France after having spent almost 7 years at Boston Consulting Group, where he was a Principal. At BCG, he accumulated a various international experience, spending time in Thailand, Congo, Morocco, and Switzerland, and has most recently been involved as a project manager in digital transformations of major French companies.

Prior to BCG, Jean-Baptiste graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris, one of the most prominent engineering school in France. He holds an Industrial Engineering degree with a minor in Strategy & Finance.

Jean-Baptiste will be based in Paris where he will be in charge of ensuring smooth operations with our current customers, such as Bouygues Immobilier, and developing new business.

On a more personal level, Jean-Baptiste is an immense fan of sports, particularly rugby, which he practices every weekend (at least he did before the lockdown…).

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