Magnus Månsson Re-Elected as Chairman of Building Architects

Published 2018-12-21

The interest in building in-house is increasing rapidly among Swedish architects, and more and more of them are reaching out to the association Building Architects. The number of associated architecture firms has grown from 9 to 35 in just a few years. Semrén & Månsson’s group president Magnus Månsson, who was recently re-elected as chairman for another two years, sees the association as a vital part of the movement to change the role of the architect.

”It is an honor to be re-elected as president and continue developing Building Architects. The Swedish construction industry is facing a number of challenges, and it is perhaps more important than ever that architects not only want to, but also dare to take on a greater responsibility”, says Magnus Månsson.

Building Architects is the first and only association in Sweden for architect firms that want to strengthen the architect's role in the planning and construction process by building in-house or in partnerships. When architects complement their core business with building in-house, they gain valuable experiences that their other clients will benefit from. It is a development that goes entirely hand-in-hand with the holistic approach that Semrén & Månsson applies, where design, engineering, and economy fully interact and enrich one another. 

”Previously, architects applied a holistic perspective, which we wish to reclaim. If we look at other European countries, even as close as Denmark, our colleagues work completely different. They can assume greater responsibility which is beneficial to all parties in a construction process”, Magnus Månsson continues.

At the association's general meeting, the board members Staffan Schartner from Omniplan and Joakim Uebel from Sandellsandberg Arkitekter were also re-elected for another two years. Maja Ivarsson, CEO at Okidoki Arkitekter was elected new deputy.