Thorvald Jorgensen Biography

Thorvald Jorgensen




Architect and designer Thorvald Jorgensen was born on June 27, 1867 in Norsminde, Denmark. After completing a carpenter's apprenticeship in 1885 he relocated to Copenhagen, where he enrolled in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating with a degree in architecture in 1889. He then worked with his professor Hans Jorgen Holm on the design for the Overformynderiet Institution building from 1892 to 1893. At this time he was awarded a traveling scholarship by the Academy in 1892 and, after work on the building was completed, he traveled for the next few years throughout Europe, particularly Italy. 

Jorgensen would go on to design several of Denmark's most well regarded buildings, including Isaiah Church, Brorson's Church (for which he won the Eckersberg Medal), the Royal Library Garden, the Varde Museum, and the post-fire redesign of the Christianborg Palace. In 1911 he was appointed the Royal Building Inspector. 

Jorgensen continued to live and work in Denmark until his death in Charlottenlund on May 15, 1946.