New Architects: Finland_UK

The Architecture Foundation, along with the Finnish Institute in London and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, were delighted to organize a new exchange programme for talented emerging architects between the UK and Finland for 2012.

The programme followed on from successful Architecture Foundation exchange programmes in Italy, Turkey, Norway, Poland, and Portugal.

The aim of these exchange programmes was to identify, exchange and promote the best new architects and practitioners from both countries through developing networks, dialogue and cultural exchange that allow for the sharing of new ideas and new practices. 

Through a nominated submission process, the partners identified three exciting emerging architects/practitioners in both the UK and Finland, who acted as ambassadors for the architectural scenes in their respective countries, taking part in reciprocal programmes to each country with a schedule of coordinated activities including public lectures, workshops, studio and site visits, along with other networking opportunities.

The exchange took the theme Cities and Water.

The Finnish architects visited London in January and the British architects visited Finland in February 2012, for a programme of events organised by The Architecture Foundation and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, respectively.

The Finnish nominating experts:
- Pentti Kareoja, Partner, ARK-house Architects
- Teemu Kurkela, Partner, JKMM Architects; Professor of Public Building Design, Aalto University
- Jorma Mukala, Editor-in-Chief, Finnish Architectural Review
- Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Partner, Sanaksenaho Architects; Vice Chair, Finnish Architecture Council

The British nominating experts:
- Alison Brooks, Director, Alison Brooks Architects
- Kieran Long, Architecture Critic, The Evening Standard
- Professor Koen Steemers, Head of Department of Architecture, Cambridge University
- Professor Jeremy Till, Dean of School of Architecture & the Built Environment, University of Westminster

Image: AF HQ London, courtesy the AF

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In partnership with

The Finnish Institute in London

The Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki)