Helena Bjarnegård is Sweden’s national state architect. She is leading the work within the field of architecture nationally, providing a structure that supports those planning and building in Sweden to create well-designed towns and cities. The responsibility of the state architect is to embody the vision of the Swedish government´s national policy for architecture, art and culture heritage to create more sustainable, equal living environments, now and in the future.
The state architect work at the state agency for housing building and planning and is in that role the chair of the steering group for four state agencies working together with implementation of the national policy for designed living environments. Helena is also appointed by the government to be the chair of the Council for Sustainable Cities, a group that brings together the directors of a unique mix of government authorities whose work is affected by questions of design and environmental sustainability. She is also appointed by the government to be on the board for Formas, the state agency working with founding for research and innovation in the field.