Craig Dykers, Founding Partner, Snøhetta

Craig Dykers is a founding partner of Snøhetta, an international architecture, landscape, interiors, and brand and graphic design company with offices in New York City and Oslo, Norway. He and his colleagues established Snøhetta in 1989 after winning the international competition for the Alexandria Library in Egypt, shortly after leaving architecture school. Dykers and his partners now manage the international practice with studios in seven cities. He works together with his partner and wife, Elaine Molinar, and resides in New York City.

Dykers has led many of Snøhetta’s prominent international projects, including the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion in California, and the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto, Canada. He was the partner in charge for Snøhetta’s award-winning architectural design for NC State’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Library Association and many others have recognized the Hunt Library’s design for its beauty, effective incorporation of technology and inviting spaces for collaboration.

Recently Dykers has led the design of new pedestrian plazas in Times Square; The French Laundry kitchen expansion and garden renovation in Yountville, California; and the Central Library in Calgary, Canada. He has a strong interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being. His work has led to numerous international awards, including the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize of Architecture, two World Architecture Awards and the Aga Kahn Award for Architecture. He is a recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Architecture, the Grosch Medal in Norway and the AIA Gold Medal for the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion.

Dykers has lived equal parts of his life in Europe and the U.S. He was born in Germany, where his father served in the U.S. Army. His mother is from London. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the American AIA, an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers and previous member of the Norwegian Association of Architects. He has been a resident at the American Academy in Rome and serves on several professional boards in the U.S.