June 17 Closing Keynote

Sheela Søgaard

Since joining BIG, Sheela Søgaard has been working to create a sustainable firm that is poised for growth and contributes positively to architecture and urban development. Keynote host Roman Mars will interview Sheela, with leaders of other breakout firms, about firm resilience and the future of architecture.

Sheela Søgaard


Sheela Maini Søgaard is a partner of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. As CEO, she is responsible for the general management of BIG. Her responsibilities include operations, finances, business development, and organization development, as well as client relationships and studio vision.

Sheela’s focus at BIG has evolved over the past years from running a small office of 45 employees in Copenhagen to managing production and more than 550 employees spread across locations in Denmark, New York, London, Barcelona, and Shenzhen.

With a background in the commercial side of the business, Sheela’s focus is on the overall performance of BIG rather than on specific and individual projects in the studio. Sheela’s professional experience covers, among other things, process optimization, cost control, and business development, skills she gained from her experience as a business development manager at Meyers ApS, as an international product manager at GN ReSound, and as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co.

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