MW Team grows in Stockholm


This month we are celebrating a growing team, again - three new Mandaworkers have recently joined the Stockholm office! Valný, Anna and Margaret will help us in shaping visions for innovative, resilient and vibrant urban environments.


Valný Aðalsteinsdóttir is an Icelandic architect based in Stockholm. She is a graduate of Iceland Academy of Arts in Reykjavík and completed her Master’s Degree in Architecture at Stockholm’s KTH. Passionate about cityscapes, Valný has focused her career on urban planning and urban design, gaining professional experience in the Municipality of Reykjavík, Boston-based office Over and Under, and at White Arkitekter in Stockholm. An avid runner, she often participates in cross-country runs in nature.


Anna Eklund Gardell comes from Halmstad and is a landscape architect educated at SLU in Malmö and Uppsala as well as the University of Melbourne. Always interested in a broader, international perspective on landscape design, she did her master thesis in Zanzibar, collaborating with a local planning department. Over the last five years she worked for Liljewall Arkitekter in Stockholm. A strong advocate for children’s right to play, Anna lectured in 2019 at the UN Sustainable Development Goals on behalf of Sida (Sweden’s government Agency for Development Cooperation).


Margaret Steiner, architect MSA/SAR, joined our team as Head of Business Development and Communications. Besides her architectural background, Margaret also studied at Berghs School of Communications and has worked on several marketing and communications teams. Her portfolio of international projects ranges in scale from concept ideation for circular neighbourhoods, adaptive reuse of existing buildings to smaller experiential environments and installations. Margaret hails from the US and is a licensed architect in New York where she began her career before moving to Stockholm. Most recently, she worked at White Arkitekter since 2015. Margaret is an engaged lecturer and thought leader holding positions on platforms such as the Hospitality Net Global Expert Panel.


Welcome to the team Valný, Anna and Margaret!


Photo credits: Anthony Hill