By: Isabel Pedersen

Aase Eriksen and Frederik Bredahl-Petersen’s names just begin to hint at the complexity of their lives.

Frederik was born in Denmark of an American mother. Growing up there, he started his long educational journey in Denmark, finishing with graduate degrees from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is an American citizen as well as a Danish one. Aase, too, has dual citizenships.

Aase (say Osa) was born in Denmark of a Norwegian family. After studying architecture in Denmark, she continued with her master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Aase founded her own firm, designing many buildings in many countries. While serving as professor of architecture, shuttling between the University of Pennsylvania and Norway’s Trondheim University, she produced copious research. She did not really live on the airplane but it must have felt as if she did.

Frederik, an anthropologist and author, investigated other cultures, specializing in the North Atlantic Region. His professorship was at Temple University, blessedly, in Philadelphia, where the University of Pennsylvania is located.

These two have many stories to tell. Ask them. You will enjoy their tales.