Signe Kongebro

Professor Signe Kongebro

Visiting Professor - Associated with MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies

Partner and Manager of the Sustainability Department, Henning Larsen Architects

Signe is a trained architect and as partner in Henning Larsen Architects she is responsible for converting new knowledge and innovation into new business areas. Further, Signe manages Henning Larsen Architects’ Sustainability Department, which develops visions and design tools in the field of sustainable design.

Signe possesses a profound knowledge of sustainable building and masterplanning as well as the development of resource-conserving design. Her strong dedication to sustainable design has grown from her active participation in several interdisciplinary projects and her careful study of the basic properties of architecture and design.

Key Projects

Sustainable Architecture and Masterplans

SDU University of Southern Denmark, Campus Kolding, Denmark
Energy class 2015, Energy use: 38,4 kWh/m2/yr
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NCC Headquarters, Norway
Passive House, Futurebuilt, Energy class A
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King Abdullah Financial District, Saudi Arabia
Pursuing LEED certified,
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Energy class 2015, Energy use: 41,8 kWh/m2/yr
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Research and Development

IKEA, Sweden, client advisor and lead design architect

A+E:3D, digital simulation tool, ELFORSK, co-developer

Energimå, digital tool for professional building owners, Realdania, co-developer

Research Interests

Sustainability as Design Parameter

How can you adopt sustainability as an operational strategy? Sustainability is a complex concept. In order to transform it into an applicable strategy, it is essential to understand the full scope of the concept. Applying sustainability as a design parameter, the concept describes a sustainable design approach, which reduces the energy consumption of buildings in operation.

Complete Renovation Applying Daylight as Sole Design Measure

What is the gain of applying daylight as sole design measure in complete renovations of the city, the building and the dwelling? Humans need 2,500 lux hours per day. However, experimental studies show that Danes only get 100-1,000 lux on average per day. Thus, you talk about the need for a "daylight shower": A daily exposure to daylight.

Grants, Awards and Consultancy

In 2012, Signe was selected as Role Model of the Year by the readers of Estate Magazine for her efforts in promoting a more sustainable building sector. In 2013 the Danish think tank Monday Morning elected Signe as one of the seven most innovative persons in Denmark. Furthermore, Signe was main driver for Henning Larsen Architects to win the strategy award at Climate Cup in 2009.

Signe has spoken at a wide range of national and international  conferences and debates, including Essen, Nordic Green  Building, Smart Cities, Green Urban Transformers (GUTS), Velux Daylight Symposium and Global Green Building Forum .

She has profound experience in academia, serving as lecturer at Aarhus University, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology and a summer school of Penn University in Denmark in addition to the Nordic Cultural Center in Iceland. Further, Signe has given presentations for the business community on several occasions, including NCC, Orbicon, the Danish association of concrete producers Dansk Beton and Green Cities.

Professional Standing and Distinctions


Henning Larsen Architects, 2001
Lecturer at the Danish Architects' Association and Aarhus School of Architecture
Lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen 2000-05

Positions of trust

Member of Danish Arts Council - Architecture
Examiner at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Member of the building committee of the green think tank of Denmark, Concito
Member of the Danish Ministry of the Enivornment's program for development of Environmental Technology (MUDP)


MA in Architecture, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, 1999
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, 1998

Further training

DGNB Consultant, 2012
The Architect as a Process Manager, 2009
Mentoring of Experts, 2008
Resource-Conserving Architecture, 2005

Member of

The Danish Architects' Association


Signe has headed a number of innovative development projects. Here among, she was the editor of the publications ‘Design with Knowledge’ (2012), ‘What about Daylight?’ (Hvad med dagslys?) (2012) and ‘Architecture, Energy, Renovation’ (2013) published by Henning Larsen Architects.

‘Design with Knowledge’ presents the knowledge-based design method, which has been developed in a cross-disciplinary research collaboration between the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Henning Larsen Architects.

‘What about Dayligt?’ is a design manual based on analysis of high-density urban areas in Copenhagen, and explores the importance of daylight in relation to residentials, buildings and cities in renovation projects

‘Architecture, Energy, Renovation’ is a design manual that apply a holistic approach to renovation, to use daylight and indoor-climate as guiding parameters as well as energy. This ensures reduced energy consumption as well as increased daylight and more comfortable buildings. The design manual has recently been converted into a user-friendly app.