In Finland, architects have traditionally constituted a rather homogenous species and architect-identity has been a shared experience. In recent years the spectrum of duties entailed in the profession has become wider, resulting in the fact that a single architect cannot master every aspect. For example, combining architectural practice with an academic career is no longer necessarily possible.
Today in Finland over 250 new students start programmes in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and urban studies and planning each year. The issue features up-to-date thoughts on architectural education from the three Finnish architecture schools and presents interesting recent student work.
Articles and interviews explore the relationship between research and teaching and bring into question some current unwritten practices within the field – from gendered structures underpinning the architectural profession to public image of architects – that we have a possibility to modify with conscious identity work. The projects presented in the issue are all educational buildings, ranging from daycare centres to higher education.
Editorial | Splitting Ranks
Schools - interviewing the directors of architecture schools
Structuralism – Patterns of Interaction
Architecture from Earth – Päivölä Rammed Earth Experimental Building Project
Tervajärvi Chapel – Design and Construction Process
1918 – Sites of Remembrance of the Finnish Civil War
Valoateljee – A Gallery Building for the Albert Edelfelt Studio Museum
Time Machine – A Speculative Proposal for the 1971 Martinlaakson yhteiskoulu Design Competition
The Building that Disappeared – The Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto
Should Collectives Replace Starchitects?
Gendered Perspectives on Architectural Practice
Vibrant Colours, Invigorating Light
Studio Interview | Jenni Poutanen – Occupation: Diversity and Variety
→ Jätkäsaari Elementary School and Daycare Centre, Helsinki
Anttinen Oiva Architects
Interview with | Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit, Erika Kallasmaa
→ Vaaralanpuisto Daycare Centre, Vantaa
Interview with | Jari Frondelius, Sari Ikonen-Polamo
→ Tuupala Elementary School and Daycare Centre, Kuhmo
Alt Architects, Karsikas Architects
Interview with | Antti Karsikas
Learning from a School
→ Myllypuro Campus, Metropolia UAS, Helsinki
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects, Lehto Peltonen Valkama Architects
Review | Town and Campus
Column | Let's Combine Research and Practice!
Esa Laaksonen, Silvia Micheli (eds.): Aalto Beyond Finland vol. 2. Projects, Buildings and Networks (Vilhelm Helander)
Meike Schalk, Thérèse Kristiansson, Ramia Mazé (eds.): Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice. Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections (Marja Rautaharju)
Kristine Annabell Torp, Elise Lorensen (eds.): Formation. Architectural Education in a Nordic Perspective (Aulikki Herneoja)
Radical Theatre, Museum of Finnish Architecture (Stella Vahteristo)