“We started in 1996 with three funders – and today our company has 15 employees,” says co-founder Jan-Vidar Monsen. Based in an environmentally certified building in Trondheim, the company name was not a coincidence. “VIS-À-VIS means face to face. We believe the best way to communicate with clients in order to understand their needs and hopes for the project is face to face,” he explains. Over the years, Arkitektene VIS-À-VIS has become one of the most prominent companies in Norway when it comes to planning school buildings, and their current portfolio and projects consist of 70 per cent schools.