BILT Better Buildings – a Talk with an Executive Chairman


ARoS Rainbow Panorama

Photo by Adam Mørk

If you are planning to visit ARoS, be sure to go and see the rooftop installation 'Your Rainbow Panorama' by Danish–Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and be prepared to be thrilled by the stunning colourful views of Aarhus. By the way, the museum building is designed by Danish architectural firm schmidt hammer lassen architects.


Aros museum is designed by schmidt hammer lassen.


Takes on Design Møbel & rum 03

Photo by Møbel & Rum

Perspective from Aros Museum of Art


Wesley Benn, founding chairman of RTC Events -

Wesley Benn is executive chairman of RTC events and founded the non-profit organisation more than 10 years ago


Groupphoto BILT NA 2017 Toronto

Part of delegates participating in BILT in Toronto August 2017


Wesley Benn

Wesley Benn, founding chairman of RTC Events


Designproces at BILT


The latest software is present at BILT


New software in....presented at BILT


Photo by ©Hufton+Crow

Moesgaard Museum just outside Aarhus in Jutland, Denmark.


Photo by ©Hufton+Crow

Moesgaard is much more than a museum: It has become a point of destination.



Photo by Hufton + Crow

Architecture, nature, culture and history fuse together into a total experience at Moesgaard Museum. With its green roof, bright courtyard gardens, and underground terraces, the museum will invite various new and alternative kinds of exhibitions.


David Rendall keynote speaker at BILT


David Rendall keynote speaker about weaknesses and strengths


Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects 02

Photo by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects


Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects 03

Photo by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen


Photo by schmidt hammer lassen architects

At Dokk1, people can go to the public library as well as get their passport renewed at the Citizen Service department, while their kids play outside in the playground created by the Danish playground designers Monstrum.


After visiting more than 150 hotels throughout the year together with a similar number of cities, there´s no doubt in Wesley Benn’s mind: Aarhus in Denmark is a top city when it comes to museums, architecture, restaurants and smart living. This is why the next BILT Europe is taking place in Denmark.

”With BILT, we don’t just consider opportunities for the delegates to expand their technical and practical knowledge within the building industry, we also look for locations that can contribute to the event by offering fun and inspiring social and cultural engagements, which are often especially important for welcoming our international visitors who may be new to the country. In short, we seek a town worth visiting!”

These words come from Wesley Benn – architect and local Chairman of RTC Europe Foundation, the non-profit organisation behind the global conferences BILT as well as Building Content Summit(BCS) – who, due to his work, tends to travel a lot and typically ends up visiting more than 150 hotels each year

This October, BILT Europe and BCS will take place in Aarhus, Denmark. Architects, engineers and contractors (ed. AEC) will meet for up to five days to promote better communication within the building industry – all with a focus on increasing efficiency and lowering costs within the sector.

According to Wesley Benn: ”The construction industry is one of the four largest industries in the world. However, while the transport and the pharmaceutical industries have shown dramatic increases in efficiency over the past 12 years, the building industry has not. Why is that?”

Wesley Benn explains that this is due to a lack of effective communication between the different players involved in design, fabrication and construction. And the numbers support his story; for instance, 30% of all global construction is rework, often rework because of mistakes and failures that have occurring during the construction phase.

This is also one of the main reasons why he first started the conferences ´down under´ in Australia back in the year 2002, then focusing on the Revit software as part of the solution.

Initially, he started out just by himself, but now, 16 years later, he works with a full committee consisting of 21 members divided into one executive group and four committees handling one continent each: North America, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and Europe. The last mentioned of these is where the next event is taking place.

”We want to bring people to places where they are able to see new ways of doing construction! Aarhus in Denmark is such a place. The revitalisation this small city has undergone in such a short period of time is absolutely extraordinary!”

Wesley Benn highlights two museums in particular in his excitement about holding the conference in Aarhus. The Museum of Art, Aros, and the archeological museum, Moesgaard. He is also tremendously excited about the city´s new public library, DOKK1, which is also home to the VisitAarhus Convention Bureau, public meeting rooms, public services of the municipality and a huge parking lot underground.

”I´m amazed by the architecture as well as the interior of DOKK1 – the ability of the building to absorb noise and create silent space but at the same time to remain vivid in a homely environment is highly unusual, yet very inspiring!”

Aros, Moesgaard and Dokk1 are all buildings created and designed by Danish architects and these have given Wesley Benn the inspiration to add an ”open door” sequence in the BILT Europe programme so that delegates will be able to visit a number of Danish studios and Danish sites and learn more about Danish architecture in a guided Q and A format.

As mentioned the next series of events take place in Aarhus, Denmark:

The Building Content Summit that drives workshops and discussion on data and collaboration through the building lifecycle is held on October 3rd and 4th.

The BILT conference that presents that latest learnings within the digital built environment with more than 77 classes over three days are held on October 5th to 7th.


The Facts:

BILT is short of Building, Industry, Lifecircle and Technical

The purpose:

RTC Events Management (RTCem) operates conferences and workshops in Asia, Australia & New Zealand, North America and Europe, encouraging and facilitating the sharing of knowledge within the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Although the origins of RTCem stem from the first conference in Australasia in 2005 with a software-focus, it has since evolved over the years to include other BIM platforms, non-software-specific solutions, visualisation, data management, building content, operations and facilities management as well as leadership.

The Architectural Facts:

Aros and DOKK1: SHL architects

Moesgaard: HLA



Companies mentioned in this article

The goal of DANISH™ is to promote Danish architecture and design in a broad perspective, and demonstrate all the potentials in these fields.

Read our story