Esben Bala Skouboe
MSc.Eng. Architecture & Design. Ph.D. and Entrepreneur

Short biography
Esben Bala Skouboe is born in Randers, Denmark in 1981. He received the Civil engineer in Architecture & Design and a Ph.D. degree in Responsive Public Lighting from Aalborg University in 2015. Esben has investigated a broad range of theoretical, conceptual and practical tools; such as augmented reality, sensor technology, architectural lighting, parametric design and the process of realizing non-standard architectural forms, exemplified in the winning proposal for the pavilion project: Nora, displayed at the 10th Architectural Biennale in Venice 2006.

In 2014 Esben played a central role designing the Future Delivery room at Herning Hospital, and between 2015-2018 Esben headed the start-up of Modos Aps. In this position, he and the team developed mood control solutions to the healthcare sector. Today Esben help clients design and build projects that use advanced technologies with a focus on sensitive design.

Esben has consulted clients such as Kvadrat, B&O, ATEA, Region Midt, Gemmo, Utzon Center, Region Midt, Culinary Institute etc. Esben has received funds and rewards from Akademiske Arkitekter, Det Obelske Familie fond, Statens kunstråd (The national council of Art), The Partness Foundation, Innobooster, and Færch Foundation.

Esben’s work has been published at international conferences, in magazines, and in book chapters. see more

As a foundation of Esbens works is a strong belief in using design thinking and radical design techniques to reach new unanticipated trajectories. Esben set an honor in pushing the edge of the possible, and therefore you see a list of serious art references in his portfolio line up.


2007 – Head of Electrotexture Lab.
2015 – 2018 Head of MODOS
2015 – 2017 External lecturer at Lighting Design, AAU
2012 – 2013 Guest researcher at RMIT/SIAL, Melbourne
2010 – 2014 Phd. at Architecture & Design, Aalborg University.
2009 – 2010 Head of curator group Platform 4, Aalborg
2007 – 2010 Research assistant at Architecture & Design, Aalborg University.
2001 – 2007 Student at the Department for Architecture & Design, Aalborg University

Teaching & supervision 2007 – 2010
2015 – 2017 External lecturer at Lighting Design, AAU
2007 – 2013 Teaching and supervision in advanced digital modeling and interactive environments at 3. -10 semester, at Institute for Architecture and Design at Aalborg University, Denmark
2007 – 2012 – Form and Flow: 3. semester at Architecture and Design, Aalborg University. In collaboration with Prof. Tim Richardson & Prof. Ole B. Jensen & Shiftcontrol
2010 – Environmental Response, interdisciplinary workshop with CITA, Århus Architecture School, Medialogy and Architecture & Design.
2008 – 2009 Teaching and supervision on Art & Technology, AAU
2008 – 2009 – Workshop: Social Technologies at Department of Architecture, Design and Medie Technology, AAU.

Art exhibitions:
2014 – Media Architectural Growth at Media Biennale 2014, Denmark
2013 – Perceptual Ecologies KLIK, Aalborg Town hall , Musik idé, DK.
2010 – Perceptual Ecologies SYMPHONY, Platform 4, Musik idé, DK.
2010 – Perceptual Ecologies MINE, Thingbæk Limestone mine, PORT2010.
2009 – Candela Morph, displayed at Smart home Conference, Vejle, DK 2008 – Situation P, Exhibition of student projects: Displayed at the Old State prison in Horsens.

2006 – Competition winner: Nora Pavilion designed for Culinary Institute  Denmark and shown on the 10th architectural Biennale in Venice. San Servolo, Venice.

2006 – forma(k)tion, Art exhibition, Aalborg art pavilion

Rewards and grants 

2014 – Price for most active international artist in Aalborg region: “Aalborgs Bedste 2014, Aalborg Denmark
2013 – Packness foundation´s Architecture price-

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