Foto: Morten Hilmer

Esben Bala Skouboe
Architect & Designer, PhD

“I view architecture and design as essential conduits for creating atmospheres that significantly influence our well-being, especially in healthcare settings. My focus is on crafting spaces that offer both aesthetic and humane support to patients and their families during vulnerable times.

As a specialist in ‘responsive environments,’ I believe in the power of architects and designers to shape alternative realities. We excel in designing spaces that evoke emotions such as belonging, calm, and energy, and through collaboration with artists, we integrate art to provoke existential reflections and enrich sensory experiences. This synergy aims to enhance both treatment and care in hospitals by addressing specific needs and practices.

Since 2015, my involvement in advanced healthcare design has allowed me to observe the transformative impact of integrating art and nature into hospital environments. This approach not only rekindles a connection to the natural world but also introduces a layer of humanity and poetry, sparking feelings of calm, meaning, and spirituality among patients and staff.

I believe that focused artistic practice can contribute to a more humane world.”

Esben Bala Skouboe


Parckness Foundation Architecture Prize

CV and projects

Esben is an award-winning architect, designer, and researcher; his work has been exhibited, among other places, at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. He has experience in curating complex design projects in the healthcare sector. He has a PhD in responsive environments from Aalborg University. Esbens has received +15 grants and his work has been published in international journals, books & conferences related to the domain of Art & Responsive Architectural Innovation. Esbens work has further contributed to art-exhibition in Denmark and he is the author of more than 20 scientific papers. Esben has worked with healthcare design since 2015 and is the receiver of the Parckness Foundation Architecture Prize for his innovative approach to architecture and design.

Photo: Morten HIlmer

Photo: Sune Petersen

Photo: studio poēsís

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. With your consent, we may also use non-necessary cookies to improve the user experience and analyze website traffic. By clicking “Accept”, you agree to our website’s use of cookies