Gitte Andersen is Global Head of Workplace Management & Design at SIGNAL Group and the creator of the mindset that SIGNAL’s work is founded on – to work with space as a strategic tool for reaching new goals in corporations and organisations. This mindset is also what inspired her, along with lector at the Copenhagen Business School Peter Holdt Christensen, to write the book “Space at Work” – published at Akademisk Forlag in Copenhagen, 2015 and the book ‘SMART M2‘ along with Christine Antorini, former Minister for Children and Education – published in Danish at PRAXIS in 2017 and in an English edition by SIGNAL in 2018.
Gitte has strong skills in the fields of strategy and innovation, change management and strategic process-management, in relation to space as a strategic tool in transformation processes. Due to Gitte’s architectural background, these skills are also expressed in relation to implementation and design of a number of spaces for working and learning, in both existing and new facilities. Combined with Gitte’s background as a construction economist, where she has worked with life cycle economy, resource management and supervision of complex projects, Gitte often advises in the preliminary face, with a number of feasibility studies and establishing the business case for an actual project. Gitte holds great innovation skills, which makes her capable of creating development and innovation, where the prolonging of the past is challenged and there is actually thought in development, with a focus on making a visible, positive difference, where she is engaged in concrete projects.
Gitte advises top managements in both the private and the public sector, and her clients are located all over Europe.
As the founder of SIGNAL, Gitte has been involved in the development of every SIGNAL concept in; working, learning, living and culture and health.
In the private sector, Gitte has advised big corporations e.g. DI, Danfoss, Deloitte, Carlsberg, Gorrissen & Federspiel, DONG, Shell, Siemens Windpower, Plesner, CODAN, Nordea, AP Møller, EY, Leo Pharma, H&M, MT Højgaard etc.
In the public sector, within the state, Gitte advises several administrations in relation to fusions and new ways of working, including the development of a vision for the working place of the future at state level. Clients include e.g. Ministry of Defense / Command of Defence, Danish Agency for Culture, Danish Health Authority & Danish Medicines Agency, Danish Transport and Construction Agency, Danish Building & Property Agency etc.
Over the years, SIGNAL has advised 60% of the Danish municipalities, in relations to fusions, reorganisations and new townhalls, in relation to business development strategies, teaching and learning, and new ways of working.
In the educational sector, SIGNAL has done projects for public schools, high schools, vocational schools and academies and universities – projects concerning the main campus strategies and optimisation of existing learning spaces, with focus on both better learning quality as well as better use of square meters.
Gitte has been the driving force behind the model programs SIGNAL has developed for the Danish state through the years; model program for public schools, model program for the hospice of the future, model program the future crisis centers for women and children, model program for autistic elders, model program for the libraries of the future etc.
Lectures, teaching & media
Throughout the years, Gitte has been a frequent lecturer, writer and teacher. Lectures include numerous large, global organisations, the Danish state and several municipalities, as well as stakeholder organisations within the building and property industry – DFM (Danish Facilities Management network), Estate Media conferences, Coworking Europe, IFMA, conferences for working environments etc. Furthermore Gitte has taught lectures at CBS Summerschool, KADK (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture), Aarhus School of Architecture etc.
The subjects have typically been about; Strategic space management, knowledge sharing and the physical space, process and space design, experiencing architecture in development & picturing visions, the vision of a future professional life, focusing on the good labour in Denmark, How to use space to reach goals within organisations. See our webpage for all our publications here.
Honours & Nominations
2015: Prizewinner as Role Model of the Year in the building and property industry, nominated by Estate Media
2013: Nominated for the “Inspirational Award of the year” by Female Independent Executives
2012: Among the nominees for “Female Entrepreneur of the year”
2010: Announced “Knowledge Innovation Champion” by BNY – Danish news magazine.
2009 – 2015: In this period, SIGNAL has been appointed as “Gazelle virksomhed” by Børsen – a Danish news/business magazine – appointing Denmark’s fastest growing businesses
2005: SIGNAL was appointed “Vækst Virksomhed” (Growth company) by Børsen – a Danish news/business magazine.
2005: Awarded “Female Role Model of the year” within the building and estate industry, by trade magazine Erhvervsejendom.
2003: SIGNAL was elected “Architecture firm of the year” by Erhvervsejendom – Danish trade magazine.
2002: SIGNAL was nominated for “Janteknuserprisen” in the municipality of Copenhagen – an award for young entrepreneurs.
2018- : Board member – BRO KOMMUNIKATION (https://wearebro.dk/)
2017- : Board member – Gigtforeningen (The Danish Rheumatism Association)
2014-2021 : Board member – Odense Letbane (Odense Light Rail)
2005-2021 : Board member – SIGNAL, along with three external appointed board members
Positions of Trust
2014 – 2015: Appointed member of the “Academy council for the New Nordic School”, by the former Secretary of Children & Education, Christine Antorini
2013: Head of jury for awarding the “Norwegian interior design award” 2013
2013 – 2015: Appointed participant in the Danish radio program “Kulturknuserne” on DR/P1
2012 – 2014: Appointed member of the dialogue group for the “New Nordic School”, by former Secretary of Children & Education Christine Antorini
2012: Appointed member of WAN / World Architecture News’ global jury for nominating “Learning environment award” of the year
2008 – 2010: Member of the judge committee for the awarding of DI’s innovation award
Gitte is a member of several professional networks for top executives both in the building and property industry, as well as interdisciplinary networks for top executives
2014 -: Member of the “Business coffeeclub” in the Municipality of Copenhagen
2012 -2018: Board member of VL99
2012 -: Appointed member of Real Kredit Danmarks local council for major clients
2008 – 2015: Member of Institute for Corporate Governance – group 06
2001 -: Member of the professional network “Female top executives in the building and property industry”
2001 -: Board member of the professional network “Junior actors in the building and property industry”
2015: Hult Business School in Dubai – business in the Middle East
2014: KOC Business School in Istanbul – executive education in growth
2013: Wharton Business School, executives education – Corporate Governance
2012: IESE Business School in Barcelona, executives education – Crises Management
1994: Graduated as Construction Economist, MDB
1986: Graduated as architect MAA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture
Member of DI / Danske ARK (Danish association of Architecture firms)
Member of Danish construction economists MDB
Member of GBC – Green Building Council
Member of the expert database KVINFO, for female, professional top executives
2000: Founder, SIGNAL Architects ApS
1998 – 2000: Assisting Partner, MC Architects
1998 – 1999: External examiner an tutor at the Copenhagen Technical University in Ballerup, for master thesis students, in the class “Environmentally correct project planning” (Miljørigtig projektering)
1989 – 1998: Employee, MC Architects
1986 – 1989: Employee, Dissing + Weitling
1987: Employee at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture / the Housing lab in connection with the preparation of the building development council (byggeriets udviklingsråd – BUR)