The Obel Award wishes to stimulate debate about the role of architecture and to promote the circulation of new ideas across disciplines and continents.

Besides the award ceremony, which is held in October each year, the Obel Award also presents exhibitions and holds symposiums, lectures, and other events on different themes within architecture.


The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami held an open lecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) in Copenhagen on 23 October 2019. His studio Junya Ishigami + Associates won the first Obel Award the previous day for the project Water Garden in Tochigi, Japan.

The lecture was hosted by the School of Architecture and sponsored by the Henrik Frode Obel Foundation.