The Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen spent most of his childhood in the coastal island of Karmøy, completing his studies in Essen, Norway and Sunningdale, in the UK. That is where he decided to study architecture. After secondary school, he moved to Graz and graduated in1985. He moved to Oslo that same year, where he started his first business. He was one of the co-founders of Snøhetta in 1987, an international studio and workshop of ideas generated from the collaboration between architects and landscape architects. The firm is now one of the most innovative in contemporary architecture, not only for its masterful creations such as the new Library of Alexandria and the September 11 Memorial in New York, but also for the way it closely works with local communities, respecting the natural and anthropic qualities of each place. Many of Snøhetta's projects have been designed and developed by Thorsen.