Arne Jacobsen and St Catherine’s College: a conference

A black-and-white image of Arne Jacobsen, sitting and smiling, looking down and with a pipe in his mouth.
On 27 August, St Catherine’s College will be hosting a one-day conference in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the College’s opening. The conference will look at Arne Jacobsen’s work at St Catherine’s both in its 1960s context and from the present-day perspective of both the UK and Denmark.

Central to the day’s talks will be an opportunity to hear from the members of Arne Jacobsen’s studio about their working relationship with the architect and their role in the design and construction of the College.

The event also provides a platform for launching two projects of great importance to the College and those who have an interest in its history:

  • During the course of this year, the College Archives are overseeing the digitisation of Arne Jacobsen’s drawings and plans of St Catherine’s. This is the first stage of a longer-term project to digitise all the drawings and plans held in the College’s physical archives. The aim is to provide an online resource for architectural researchers, students and practitioners.
  • This year also sees the start of research and writing on the part of René Kural of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, of a book about St Catherine’s College.

Schedule for the conference



10amRegistrationThe Lodge, Arumugam Building
11amMorning coffeeBernard Sunley Building foyer and gardens
11.30amKersti Börjars, Master of St Catherine's College
A welcome to St Catherine’s College
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
11.40amAlistair Fair, University of Edinburgh
St Catherine’s in the context of 1960s UK architecture - Modernism and building for the new universities
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
12.15pmGeoffrey Tyack, Kellogg College, Oxford
The Commissioning of Arne Jacobsen
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
2.15pmTeit Weylandt and Peter Denney
Working with Arne Jacobsen: a discussion with visuals chaired by Stephen Hodder
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
3.00pmTobias Jacobsen
Personal memories of Arne Jacobsen
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
3.30pmAfternoon teaBernard Sunley Building foyer and gardens
4pmStephen Hodder, Hodder + Partners, Manchester
The challenges of adding to St Catherine’s
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
5.15pmRené Kural, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
A view from present-day Denmark about St Catherine’s and an introduction to the book project (video presentation)
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
5.30pmArchive Exhibition/Digital Archive Launch:
An opportunity to look at a selection of Arne Jacobsen’s plans and drawings for St Catherine’s as an introduction to the archive digitisation project. Further viewing opportunities will be available after dinner and after breakfast on Sunday morning.
College Archive, the Wolfson Library
6.30pmReceptionThe Long Dining Room, Senior Common Room
7.15pmGala dinnerHall


9amTours of the College

The programme might be subject to changes, please return to this page to learn of updates.


Please note that booking for the conference has now closed. For further information, please contact the conference organiser, James Bennett, on


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