Powerlist Architects 30: IVAR KRASINSKI FOUNDING PARTNER/DESIGN DIRECTOR EDGE ARCHITECTS
Ivar Krasinski is an architect with 26 years of experience.
As design director and lead master planner for EDGE, he has designed and delivered over 14mnsqft of buildings and worked on masterplans totalling over 5000ha.
Net Zero is at the top of Krasinski’s agenda along with pandemic-responsivearchitecture and engineering.
He leads a multidisciplinary team, consisting of over 20 specialised disciplines, creating a large mixed-use development in Masdar Sustainable City, which will go out for tender soon. It consists of five buildings, a podium, and a climate- responsive, and pedestrianised public realm.
It is one of the most highly-rated projects in the GCC, with a large multi-storey Net Zero component, and all buildings achieving 4 pearl Estidama, LEED platinum, WELL Gold, and Masdar Sustainability Criteria (MSC).
Krasinski is simultaneously working on several high rise, master planning, and residential projects.
Sports architecture paved the way for this integrated approach.
His early work included the Bronx’s Yankee Stadium, the Cleveland Browns, and Bahrain’s National Stadium. His decision to take this path reflected his interest in city planning and his conviction that the design of large venues require comprehensive knowledge of their entire urban context from a multidisciplinary standpoint.
Using his extensive sports experience as a foundation, he was able to deliver mixed-use designs for Dubai Motor City, KAEC, and KAFD, resulting in a large scale, heterogeneous master planning portfolio that merges large complex data streams and optimises performance by balancing public realm requirements, environmental consciousness, use mix, and financial models.
Krasinski’s projects have received numerous awards, including Yankee Stadium, the multi-award-winning 1/ JBR, and the most sustainable hospital for Al Mafraq Hospital.
His focus on the Integrated Design Process (IDP) approach and the potential for reduced embodied energy and energy usage of buildings while lowering both capex and opex is made even more effective by the use of BIM from the start of each design, providing tight control of all parameters.
Krasinski devotes much of his time to university outreach, collaborating with institutions in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, India, and the European Union to help the next generation of architects embracethe latest in the design process, sustainability, pandemic-responsive design, and the overall priorities of architecture and planning for this century.