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

Short biography
Esben Bala Skouboe is born in Øster Tørslev, 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 Artificial Intelligence, Sustainable industrial design, augmented reality, ubiquitous technologies, architectural lighting, computational design and 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, which is now implemented on danish hospitals setting the stage for +100 births a week. named as the best sensory delivery room in the world i a revew ‘in the International Jounal Buildings’. The work is extensively described at Studio Poesis. Today Esben help clients design and build projects that use  design solutions that bridge the gap between the Arts & Health.

Esben has consulted clients such as Kvadrat, B&O, ATEA, Region Midt, Gemmo, Utzon Center, Danish Regions, 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, Innovation fund 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 practice to reach new trajectories. Esben sets an honor in pushing projects to the edge of the possible, and therefore you see a list of serious projects in the domain experimental practice in arts and science and teaching, find a full list of his projects in his portfolio line up.


2024 – Head of Studio Poesis

2021 – Esben Bala Skouboe, Design couriosity

2022 – 2023 Assistenat Professor at Architecture & Design, Aalborg University.

2015 – 2018 Head of MODOS Aps
2015 – 2017 External lecturer at Lighting Design, AAU
2012 – 2013 Guest researcher at RMIT/SIAL, Melbourne
2010 – 2014 Phd. Responsive Public Lighting 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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