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Bo Stjerne Thomsen
Bo Stjerne Thomsen

Bo Stjerne Thomsen

The LEGO Foundation

Austin, TX USA

"There are no boundaries to what you can do if you preserve a mindset of being playful."

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Bo's work combines: Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life

Chair of Learning through Play & Vice President

I oversee global research for how children develop and learn through playful and creative experiences.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Graduate Degree

    Architecture, Design & Engineering

    Aalborg University

  • Doctorate

    Performative Environments

    Aalborg University

Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I grew up in Denmark.

  • 2.

    When I got to college, I knew I wanted to pursue a pathway that allowed me the most flexibility to explore different areas.

  • 3.

    I earned my master’s degree in architecture, design, and engineering followed by a Ph.D. in performative environments.

  • 4.

    I began my career working in architecture, starting with designing the original concept for a concert hall and university music department in Aalborg, Denmark.

  • 5.

    From there, I went on to contribute to projects in the U.S., Mexico, China, Austria, Denmark, and France.

  • 6.

    I spent a couple of years working in robotics and helping to scale startups—however, I didn’t find the work meaningful enough, so I decided to try something new.

  • 7.

    I joined the LEGO Learning Institute, where I worked to bridge the gap between research and practice in regards to children’s development, creativity, and play.

  • 8.

    After a few years, I transitioned to the LEGO Foundation, where I started as a director and worked my way up to my current position of vice president and chair of Learning through Play.