Prof. Dr. Finn Kjærsdam

Former Rector, of Aalborg University in Denmark


Born 1943 in Roskilde, Denmark Professor Emeritus
M.Sc. Ph.D. Dr.Techn. Dr.h.c. HonFAB D. Married to Winnie Kjærsdam. Two children.

Finn Kjærsdam's professional Career

  • Chartered surveyor practice, Fa. Percival Nielsen, Hilleroed 1969-70.
  • Research Fellow, Copenhagen University/KVL 1970-73.
  • Assistant Professor, Copenhagen University/KVL 1973-74.
  • Associate Professor, Head of Department, Copenhagen University/KVL 1974-75
  • Associate Professor, Head of Department, Aalborg University 1975-80.
  • Senior Research Fellow, Nordic Institute for Advanced Urban and Regional Planning, Stockholm 1980-83.
  • Associate Professor, Aalborg University 1983-88.
  • Professor in Physical Planning 1988-2014.
  • Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University 1988-2005.
  • Professor II in Industrial Physical Planning, Stavanger University 1993-2009.
  • Rector of Aalborg University 2005-2014.
  • Professor Emeritus, Aalborg University 2014.

Finn Kjærsdam's Positions of Trust and awards

  • Chairman, Board of Klitgaarden Foundation.
  • Chairman, Board of HUSET Cultural Institution.
  • Chairman, Board of Action Kids.
  • Bureau member, International Society of City and Regional Planners.
  • Council member, Association of European Schools of Planning.
  • Member of honour and former president, Danish Association of Town Planners.
  • Invited member, German Association of Urban, Regional and National Planners.
  • Member, Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.
  • Member, Agder Academy of Science.
  • Member, Board of the Fulbright Commission.
  • Member, Board of Denmark-America Foundation.
  • Commander and Knight of the Order of Dannebrog.
  • Juri Gagarin Memory Medal.
  • Gold badge of Honor, UNESCO Int. Center of Engineering Education.
  • Prize of Honor, Obel Family Foundation
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Stavanger University

Finn Kjærsdam's Education

  • M.Sc. (Chartered Surveyor) Copenhagen University/KVL 1969.
  • Grad. Dip. (Traffic Planning) Technical University of Denmark 1972.
  • Grad. Dip. (Landscape Architecture) Copenhagen University/KVL 1973.
  • Ph.D. (Town Planning) Copenhagen University/KVL 1974.
  • Dr. Techn. (Applied Science), Nordic Institute for Advanced Urban and Regional Planning/ Aalborg University 1985.
  • Grad. Cert. (Educational Management) Harvard University 1993-2005.

Finn Kjærsdam's Main Publications

  • Byplanlægningens Historie, Aalborg University Press 2006.
  • Urban Planning in History, Aalborg University Press 1995.
  • The Aalborg Experiment. Project Innovation in University Education, Aalborg University Press 1994.
  • Fysisk planlægning og anvendt videnskab, Chartered Surveyors Press 1986.
  • Byplanlægning og samfundsudvikling, Aalborg University Press 1981.
  • More than 100 scientific articles.