Umeå Architecture School
© Åke Eson Lindman
White is one of Scandinavia's leading architectural practices and amongst the ten largest in Europe, with over 800 employees based at ten offices in Sweden and Denmark. Founded in 1951 by the young architect Sid White, the practice worked towards the principle that good architecture leads to an improved society, a view that is still a guiding light 60 years on. White has grown exponentially from its beginnings in housing, now covering a wide range of sectors including education, healthcare and commercial. The practice also commands a very broad spectrum of expertise including architecture, master-planning, urban design, project management, landscape, interior design and project design. As pioneers in the environmental area, White's projects are visionary examples of sustainable architecture, without sacrificing the aim to understand the clients and users, presenting them with attractive solutions. Multidisciplinary teams collaborate on each project, where experts in totally different areas come together to create solutions that are satisfactory to everyone. Innovative solutions can be delivered thanks to the proprietary White Innovation Process (WIP), a method to attain the best and most sustainable solutions in interplay with all stakeholders - especially those who will use the building upon it's completion. By involving and inspiring these people, well grounded visions, relevant objectives and cost-efficiency can be ensured. White is able to deliver groundbreaking ideas to clients thanks to its position as a leader of new knowledge, fostered through a unique R&D division, Kunskapsbygget. No other architectural practice has such an extensive organisation to handle experience and disseminate new knowledge.