Sverre Pedersen

Sverre Pedersen (4 August 1882 – 12 November 1971) was a Norwegian architect and urban planner.[1]

Sverre Pedersen
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Born(1882-08-04)4 August 1882
Strinda, Norway
Died12 November 1971(1971-11-12) (aged 89)
Urban planner
ChildrenEinar Sverre Pedersen
RelativesHarald Pedersen (brother)
Marie Pedersen (sister)


He was born at Strinda in the municipality of Trondheim, Norway. He was the son of Hans Martinius Pedersen and Christine Elisabeth Andersen. He was a brother of industrialist Harald Pedersen (1888–1945) and pedagogue Marie Pedersen (1893–1990). He was married to Edith Gretchen Børseth from 1913, and they were parents to aviator Einar Sverre Pedersen (1919–2008) .[2]

He was educated at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (1901), Technical College in Hannover (1902-1903) and Technical University of Berlin.

In 1905, he was employed by the city of Trondheim. From 1908, he was a department architect and in 1914 he received the position of city architect. Pedersen was appointed professor in the Architectural Department at the Norwegian Institute of Technology from 1920 to 1954. He was a pioneer in urban planning, and was in charge of the reconstruction of 24 cities, towns and villages in Norway that had been damaged during the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. Pedersen designed urban plans for, among others, Narvik, Alta, Vadsø, Hammerfest, Kirkenes, Molde, Kristiansund, Bodø and Steinkjer. [2][3][4]

He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and was awarded the King's Medal of Merit (Kongens fortjenstmedalje) in 1961 [5]


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  3. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Sverre Pedersen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  4. ^ Bård Li. "Sverre Pedersens arkiv" (PDF). NTNU Universitetsbiblioteket. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-02. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Kongens fortjenstmedalje". lokalhistoriewiki. Retrieved April 1, 2019.