“We try to cultivate a modernistic aesthetic while maintaining high functional quality,” says Jostein Bjørndal,
architect and CEO at HBA Arkitekter. Together with co-founder Helge Hansen, he kicked off the new millennium by opening an architecture office, then named Hansen/Bjørndal Arkitekter. Today, the Oslo-based firm can look back at projects of all sizes, with mid-sized and large culture buildings and apartment complexes being their expertise. Together with around 50 other architects, HBA arkitekter works out of the same building as the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Competitions, however, are what keep the office up to date.