Danish architect and furniture designer, known for many buildings in the international modern style, including the SAS tower in Copenhagen and the new St Catherine's College in Oxford.
Born in Copenhagen, Jacobsen studied architecture at the Copenhagen Academy of Arts. In the late 1920s he was deeply influenced by the works of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, an influence that is abundantly evident in his Bellavista housing estate (1933) and Bellevue Theatre, both in Copenhagen. His prewar town halls, for example Arhus (1937) and Søllerød (1940), are also influenced by these trends, while his postwar town hall at Rødøvre (1955) and his SAS Tower in Copenhagen (1960) make use of curtain walling in the American style. The group of buildings that he designed for the new St Catherine's College in Oxford (1959) aroused considerable controversy and are thought by some to be too severe.
Jacobsen was professor of architecture at the Copenhagen Academy of Arts from 1956 and was made an honorary DLitt of Oxford University in 1961.