On 1 October 2012, a new strategic management team will take up office at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK). A new Pro-rector and a new management team are to develop the schools and ensure world-class education, research and artistic development.
“It is a great pleasure to introduce an interdisciplinary team, who are to maintain and reinforce KADK's position as Denmark's leading educational institution within architecture, design and conservation,” says Rector Lene Dammand Lund.
Lene Dammand Lund started as Rector on 1 April 2012 and is now introducing a new strategic management team with Svend Lawaetz as Pro-rector. Svend Lawaetz joins KADC from a position as Head of Knowledge and Innovation at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. He is to reinforce the schools' external collaboration and assist Rector in strengthening the three schools through the merger. Each of the three schools will have a Head of School who is to ensure that the high academic content is retained and developed in correlation with the outside world. A new Head of Administration is to set new standards for the interaction between administration, teaching and research. Finally, new Heads of Research and Education are to coordinate research and educational activities across the schools, ensuring exchange with other institutions of higher education in Denmark and abroad.
“The new management team will contribute to making everybody at KADK and all relevant players in both the Danish and the international society aware of how KADK contributes to value creation. KADK is to be the obvious collaboration partner for relevant businesses and organisations in their work with new knowledge – and when they need to find the best suited graduates within architecture, design and conservation,” says Rector Lene Dammand Lund.
The new strategic management team
Svend Lawaetz, new Pro-rector at KADK
Joins KADC from a position as Head of Knowledge and Innovation at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Prior to that, he was Resource Director on a merger board in the same place, and previously, he has held the position of Pro-rector at the Graphic College of Denmark. He is a graduate from the Graphic College of Denmark and holds a BCom (Org.) and an MBA.
Peter Thule Kristensen, new Head of School at the School of Architecture
Associate Professor, PhD. Gained his PhD from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture; employed as a researcher/teacher in 2001, and today Associate Professor at Institute 1. Has experience as a Head of Institute, Chairman of the School of Architecture's Research Committee and Quality Committee and as a member of The Danish Architectural Press board. Furthermore, he has many years' experience as an architect at drawing offices.
Tine Kjølsen, new Head of School at the School of Design
Qualified graphic designer from the School of Decorative Art. Has a Masters' degree from the University of Copenhagen, a qualification in systemic management from Attractor, and many years' experience with teaching and as a Head of Institute and a Head of Centre at the School of Design.
René Larsen, new Head of School at the School of Conservation
Graduate from the School of Conservation. PhD in biochemistry, bookbinder and former Rector of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation. Since he was employed at the School of Conservation in 1985, he has worked actively with and contributed significantly to the phrasing of objectives for and the development of the educational programme in and research related to conservation in both Denmark and the rest of Europe.
Henrik Oxvig, new Head of Research at KADK
Social science and comparative literature graduate; many years' experience as a teacher and Head of Studies at the Dept. of Art History at Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen. Among other things, he has headed the doctoral school consortium DKAD and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture Doctoral School; he has also been a member of a working group under the Ministry of Culture, which from 2010 prepared a report on artistic development work.
Ida Engholm, new Head of Education at KADK
MA in Danish and Art History. PhD from the IT University; Associate Professor at the School of Design and former Head of the educational programme Master in Design under the auspices of the Centre for Design Research.
Mette Mejlvang Sørensen, new Head of Administration for KADK
MSc (Political Science). Previously employed by the Ministry of Education and the European Parliament, among others. For the last three years, she has been acting Head of Administration at the School of Architecture and a member of the merger management at KADK.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation is an institution of higher education that was established through a merger between the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, the Danish Design School and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation on 2 June 2011. KADK teaches and conducts research within the three main subject areas of architecture, design and conservation. KADK is a government institution under the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education and has approx. 1,700 students and 414 full-time equivalents. KADK's appropriation under the Finance Act amounts to DKK 275.6 million in 2012. Lene Dammand Lund MAA, MBA took up office as new Rector of KADK on 1 April 2012. Read more at www.kadk.dk.
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