Thora H Arnardottir

Thora H Arnardottir

Newcastle upon Tyne, GB



Thora H Arnardottir is an architectural/bio designer and researcher, born and raised in Iceland, a country that has such a strong connection with the natural forces. Her aim is to engage in a more symbiotic relationship with nature, by understanding patterns and processes of our environment and exploring this in an adaptive systematic approach of her designs. Thora explores these processes through hands-on experiments growing a variation of organisms, testing and learning from those processes, creating a fabrication method that aims towards creating hylozoic matter as her design work of advanced architecture. Thora is currently a PhD student at Newcastle University and a recent graduate in master of advanced architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona and received her B.A. in architecture from the Arts University Bournemouth, UK.


Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, GB, PhD, Architecture, Planning and Landscapes

Jan 2018 - current

IaaC - The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona, ES, Masters, Advanced Architecture

Oct 2015 - Jun 2017

Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth, GB, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2011 - Jun 2014


Íslandsbanki Scholarship Grant, Scholarship

Þóra Hafdís Arnardóttir, nemandi í Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. Þóra lauk BA námi við Arts University Boutnemouth 2014 og hlaut verðlaun fyrir BA verkefnið sitt. Framtíðarverkefni hennar snýr að rannsóknum á náttúruvænum húsum.


Soroptimist Scholarship, Scholarship

With the two year program in advanced architecture, this 27 years old architect is taking an unconventional approach towards digital fabrication as a tool for sustainability. Thora is focusing on producing the tools and the means to get a closer dialogue between nature and technology.


Particles Beyond Buildings Award, 1st Place

Winner for the project Department of Molecular Architecture


Winner of the Terence and Annette O'Rourke Undergraduate Architecture Prize, 1st Place


Areas of Specialization