Theoretician of art and aesthetics. He currently directs the La Panacée contemporary art center in Montpellier. Until 2015 he was director of l’École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. Co-founder, and from 1999 to 2006 co-director, of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Founder and director of Documents sur l’art (1992-2000) and correspondent in Paris for Flash art (1987-1995). He was Gulbenkian curator of contemporary art in Tate Britain, London (2007-2010), being responsible in 2009 for the Tate Triennial.
Architect, Founding Partner of Gehl Architects, and Professor emeritus The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. He has published several books, including the most recent “How to Study Public Life”. As part of Gehl Architects, he has collaborated on projects for the cities of Copenhagen, London, Melbourne, Sydney, Riga, Amman, New York and Moscow, among others. Honorary fellow of the Architects Institutes in Denmark, England, Scotland, USA and Canada. Awarded with the ”Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for exemplary contributions to Town Planning” by The International Union of Architects as well as honorary doctor degrees from Universities in Edinburgh, Halifax, Varna and Toronto.
Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands, Principal of Rebuild by Design and he was Senior Advisor to the former US Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task. He was both Acting Director General of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs and Director National Spatial Planning for the Netherlands. Member of the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 ‘Making City’ and initiated the research program Design and Politics, the connecting chair at the TU Delft and is chief editor for the series of publications with nai010 Publishers, called ‘Design and Politics’.