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Verk Arkitektur was established in 2016 by Norwegian-Dutch architect Ivar Tutturen and British-Malaysian architect Heather McVicar following an extended period of informal collaborations since meeting and working together at Studio Mumbai Architects in India in 2012. 

Ivar Tutturen | Architect MNAL

Ivar graduated with a masters in architecture from NTNU in 2013 where, as part of his studies, he co-founded WORKSHOP architecture, a studio which focussed on collaboration, learning by doing and cultivating a deep understanding of place. With WSa he designed and built a study centre in the Philippines, a craft pavilion in Dehradun and a school in Hariharpur. He also co-led a number of workshops, AA Visiting Schools and exhibitions on WSa’s working methodology. He worked at Studio Mumbai Architects in 2012 and Haworth Tompkins Architects in London between 2013-2015.

Heather McVicar | Masters in Architecture RIBA

Heather studied architecture at the University of Bath, KTH Stockholm and the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, graduating with a masters in architecture in summer 2015. She has worked at Studio Mumbai Architects in India, EMBT Miralles-Tagliabue in Barcelona and Rick Mathers Architects in London. She is a 2016 recipient of a research grant from the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and is studying and documenting traditional woodcarvings in vernacular buildings in the Kumaon Himalayas. 

In early 2016, Ivar and Heather decided to move to the Tutturen farm in Norway, to set up a design and making studio where they are exploring their shared passion for architecture that engages with materials, craft, community and place.