Bringing together dynamic building and material experimentation with traditional methods of craft, Bergen-based Saunders Architecture has worked on cultural and residential projects right across Norway, as well as England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Canada.

Led by a strong contemporary design sensibility, the studio believes that architecture must play an important role in creating place, using form, materials and texture to help evoke and shape memory and human interaction. The office operates within existing natural as well as manmade contexts, with examples ranging from an award nominated dramatic viewpoint structure set amidst a rich protected landscape to several new-build houses within more traditional suburban settings.

Saunders Architecture was founded by the Canadian architect Todd Saunders in TKTK. Saunders has lived and worked in Bergen since 1996, following his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and McGill University in Montreal. He continues to combine teaching with practice and has been a part-time teacher at the Bergen Architecture School since 2001. Saunders has also lectured and taught at schools in Scandinavia, the UK and Canada and was a visiting professor at The University of Quebec in Montreal.



  • The Archmarathon Award 2014
    Winner, the Workspaces Category
  • The PURE Awards
    Shortlisted, Pure Life Experiences
  • The International Hotel & Property Award 2015
    Shortlisted for the Global under 50 Rooms Award
  • The Culture Trip
    Contemporary Norwegian Architecture:
    The 10 best Buildings of the Last Five Years
  • MCHAP For Emerging Architecture
    Nomination for Fogo Island Projects
  • Travel + Leisure
    Fogo Island Inn, ‘It List’ of the best hotels of
  • Conde Nast
    Traveler Hot List 2014
  • Tatler Magazine
    Style with Soul Award
  • Hospitality NL
    Accommodator of the Year, 2014
  • Architectural Digest
    Fogo Island Inn: one of the ten most daring
    buildings in the world built in 2014
  • AFAR
    The Experimental Travel Awards 2014
  • TIAC
    National Cultural Tourism Award 2013
  • Travel + Leisure
    Global Vision Award, Culture 2013
  • EnRoute Magazine
    Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2013
  • Tatler Magazine
    Style with Soul Award
  • Huffington Post
    5 greatest architects under 50
  • BauNetz
    100 best architects in the world
    10 best architects in Norway
  • Top 10 Architects under 40
    New Norwegian Blood
  • AZ Awards 2011
    Award for Best Commercial Architecture
    People┬┤s Choice award for Best Commercial
  • HISE Award 2011
    Award for Sustainable Excellence
  • Arnstein Arneberg Award 2011 for Outstanding<>br/ Architecture
  • Nominated for Wallpaper magazine Best Public
    Project 2007
  • Norwegian National Construction Prize 2006
  • Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Prize
  • AR Awards for Emerging Architects
  • 20 under 40