Snøhetta is an international architecture firm best known for its thoughtful approach to designing public and cultural institutions. The firm won its first major commission in 1989 for the Alexandria Library in Egypt, which has become one of the city’s most precious landmarks, winning the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004 and inspiring protesters to band together during the Arab Spring uprising to protect the library from harm. Other significant achievements include designing the Oslo Opera House in Norway, a waterfront icon whose roof doubles as a public walkway; converting Times Square into a car-free, pedestrian-friendly zone; creating a sensitive environment for commemorating September 11, with the National September 11 Museum; and transforming the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from a small, provincial art museum into an international powerhouse. Snøhetta’s latest project is a four-story, $245 million central library for the city of Calgary that aims to foster a sense of community among residents, with a performance hall, a teen tech zone, and hundreds of thousands of books. Snøhetta has more than 240 employees in offices in Oslo, New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Innsbruck.