Monica von Schmalensee named 2016’s Society Builder

White Arkitekter’s CEO is the 2016 recipient of the annual award presented by the Swedish Professionals for the Built Environment, who praised Monica von Schmalensee’s “strong commitment to architecture, urban development and sustainability” and her “contribution to the creation of beautiful and sustainable cities”. The award has been presented annually since 2013.

How does it feel receiving this recognition?

– It’s fantastic to be recognised with an award like this, especially considering the many people in our industry who contribute to increasing knowledge and commitment on sustainability issues.

Why do you think you were named a “society builder”?

– White Arkitekter has been very active in issues regarding sustainability through the knowledge and passionate engagement of our employees, who have contributed considerably to sustainable solutions. Thanks to our position as the third largest architectural practice in Europe, we can make an impact. I am very committed to understanding how we can meet tomorrow’s challenges and regard myself as a Swedish ambassador exporting our knowledge and experience to the rest of the world.

What is White’s role in contributing to a better society?

– We prioritise quality over quantity. Our role as architects and urban planners is really about long term and sustainable thinking. We work across disciplines, which means we work in teams with a varied set of expertise and competences. Also, we have a strong initiative in research, collaboration and education which contributes to development, both for our clients and ourselves.

The Swedish Professionals for the Built Environment has approximately 5 000 members, representing professions involved in every step of the building process – from initial idea, through projecting and production to management of buildings, bridges and other constructional works or spatial planning and environmental control. Members also include chartered surveyors and real estate economists. Members are either publicly employed by the government or the local community or employed by privately owned companies.

Monica von Schmalensee