Lars Thalian Backer

Jan. 5, 1892 in Oslo, Norway
June 7, 1930 in Oslo, Norway

Lars Thalian Backer was a Norwegian architect. He is best known for his functionalist works.

He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts under Herman Schirmer, and then from 1913 to 1915 at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. After stays in London, Italy, and France, Backer started his own practice in Oslo in 1921 and immediately won a competition for the new Stavanger Museum. He died at the age of only 38, but managed to win the Sundt Prize twice.

His father was the architect Herman Backer who designed the building of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Lars Backer is portrayed in a painting by Per Krohg in the National Gallery.