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WeWork taps Bjarke Ingels as its chief architect

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The Danish architect will take on an advisory role

Interior shot of huge warehouse-like space with open  main floor courtyard and mezzanines in the back.
WeWork’s Shanghai location.
Photo by Jonathan Leijonhufvud via Dezeen

Looks like WeWork is expanding its relationship with Bjarke Ingels, who was tapped last year to design its private elementary school pilot program WeGrow.

The New York City-based shared workspace company announced that the Danish architect will be its chief architect and will “advise and develop the firm’s design vision and language for buildings, campuses and neighborhoods globally,” a press release said.

Ingels will continue his role as founder and creative director at the New York-, London-, and Copenhagen-based BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group while “offer[ing] his insights and ideas to extend and help us push the boundaries of architecture, real estate, technology, and design at WeWork.”

WeWork and Ingels have big plans for the future: “As WeWork takes on larger and more holistic urban and architectural challenges, I am very excited to contribute with my insights and ideas to extend their community-oriented vision to ground-up buildings and urban neighborhoods,” Ingels said in a statement.

“Bjarke Ingels will help us reimagine and reshape the future of our spaces, our company and ultimately our cities,” said WeWork’s co-founder and CEO Adam Neumann. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.