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Helen & Hard was founded in 1996 in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway by Siv Helene Stangeland and Austrian architect Reinhard Kropf. The firm has since grown to included 20 international staffers and an additional office located in Oslo. Helen & Hard has been featured in exhibitions around the world, competed in international competitions, and received numerous awards and recognitions.
Helen & Hard practices relational design, which means the firm’s goal is “to move away from a solely technical and anthropocentric view, allowing the project to unfold in relation to its physical, social, cultural and economic context.” In practice this can be applied to a project as small as a single family dwelling or as large as a civic master plan. And Helen & Hard has completed a variety of projects that fall all along this continuum.
In addition to being savvy designers of physical structures and spaces, Helen & Hard also has an exceptional website that presents the firm’s projects in lavish detail. To spend some time on the websites is a satisfying and rewarding experience. You can also find Helen & Hard on Facebook and Twitter @HelenHardAS .