Architect Ole Hammarlund was born in Denmark where he attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture School until 1966 when he transferred to the MIT School of Architecture.  After graduation in 1969, Ole started Design and Build Associates, constructing new homes as well as redeveloping old Victorian homes in the Newton, Massachusetts area.

Ole became a registered architect in 1973 and worked on projects in the Boston area until 1974, when he formed the partnership Solsearch Architects with Architect David Bergmark to design and build the Ark project in Prince Edward Island, Canada, one of the world’s first bioshelters.  The Ark was opened in 1976 by the Canadian Prime Minister at the time, Hon. Pierre Trudeau.

Ole continued to live and practice in Prince Edward Island as a partner in BGHJ Architects ( Green projects have always influenced his work and his green projects include:

PEI Advanced House: One of 12 advanced houses built across Canada demonstrating the latest alternative technology.

Greenwich Park Beach Facility: Located beside the dunes, this facility is powered by the wind and sun and uses composting toilets.

Ole was one of the first architects to be LEED certified in the Atlantic Canadian region and coordinated LEED issues on the Jean Canfield Federal Building in Charlottetown.

A passion of Ole’s is the creative recycling of existing buildings. His projects include:

Coles Building: Conversion of the old courthouse into offices for member of legislature

Main Building, University or Prince Edward Island: Complete renovations of the first UPEI building, keeping original features intact

Brudenell Resort: Renovated the original restaurant, adding 50 new rooms and a pool

UPEI Duffy Science Building: Renovated interior and exterior of this 40-year-old science lab

The Arts Guild: Renovated the exterior and interior of this former bank building into a contemporary art center and theater

Marine Summerside: Complete interior renovations to accommodate state-of-the-art naval navigation simulator

For photos of some of the projects see the website

WhY Condos: Since July 2006, Ole has been working full time developing the WhY condo development and the first occupancy was May 2007. This 18-unit building incorporates the new urbanist style movement where people are looking for modern spaces in which to live and work within a walkable and thriving downtown. His design principles of recapturing the natural woods and character of the building into a modern and sustainable concept are fully in tact.

Ole has made an important contribution to the urban lifestyle of Charlottetown while being respectful to the historic character of the city, and the result, WhY Condo Development is one of the most architecturally significant new urbanist style buildings in Canada.


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