New Architects: Finland_UK International Exchange Programme: Participants Announced
The Architecture Foundation, along with partners the Finnish Institute in London and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, are delighted to announce a new exchange programme for talented emerging architects between the UK and Finland taking place in early 2012.Identified through an expert nomination process, the practices chosen to take part in the exchange programme are:
From the UK
Pie Architecture
Studio Polpo
From Finland
ALA Architects
Anttinen Oiva Architects
Avanto Architects
The exchange follows on from successful Architecture Foundation New Architects programmes in Italy, Turkey, Norway, Poland, and Portugal. The aim of these exchange programmes is 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.
The participating practices will act 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
The Finland_UK exchange will focus on the theme Cities and Water exploring case studies in both London and Helsinki. The Finnish architects will visit London in January 2012 and the British architects will visit Finland in February 2012, for a programme of events organised by The Architecture Foundation and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, respectively.
Juulia Kauste, Director, Museum of Finnish Architecture said:
“The Museum of Finnish Architecture is delighted to be participating in this exciting exchange. We are looking forward to facilitating the dialogue between young practitioners of architecture in Finland and in the UK on the topical theme of ‘Cities and Water’ at a time when so many cities in the world are faced with the challenge of redesigning their waterfront areas.”
Sarah Ichioka, Director, The Architecture Foundation said:
"We at The Architecture Foundation are delighted at the prospect of this new partnership, through which we will continue our mission of connecting creative talents with fresh ideas and new opportunities around the world."
Hanna Harris, Programme Director for Arts & Culture, The Finnish Institute in London said:
“All selected Finnish offices are producing outstanding new work. It is our great pleasure to introduce them to the British public and facilitate collaboration and ideas exchange between them and the participating British practices over such a topical theme for both cities.”
The participating practices were selected by The Architecture Foundation, The Finnish Institute and The Museum of Finnish Architecture from nominations submitted by a panel of expert advisors.
The Finnish nominating experts were: 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; and Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Partner, Sanaksenaho Architects and Vice Chair, National Council for Architecture, Finland.
The British nominating experts were: Alison Brooks, Director, Alison Brooks Architects; Kieran Long, Architecture Critic, The Evening Standard; Professor Koen Steemers, Head of Department of Architecture, Cambridge University; and Professor Jeremy Till, Dean of School of Architecture & the Built Environment, University of Westminster.
For more information please contact:
The Architecture Foundation: Moira Lascelles, Curator, Special Projects / +44(0)2070846767
The Finnish Institute in London: Animaya Grant, Head of PR / +44(0)2074043309
The Museum of Finnish Architecture: Hanna Galtat, Communications Officer / +358(0)9 8567 5111
About The Architecture Foundation
Founded in 1991 as the UK’s first independent architecture centre, The Architecture Foundation is a non-profit agency for contemporary architecture, urbanism and culture. We cultivate new talent and new ideas. Through our diverse programmes we facilitate international and interdisciplinary exchange, stimulate critical engagement amongst professionals, policy makers and a broad public, and shape the quality of the built environment. We are independent, agile, inclusive and influential. Central to our activities is the belief that architecture enriches lives.
About The Finnish Institute
The Finnish Institute is a London-based private trust. Its mission is to identify emerging issues in contemporary society and to facilitate social change. Working with artists, researchers, experts and policy makers to promote strong networks in the field of culture and social studies, the Institute has two main programme strands: Arts&Culture and Society.Within the field of culture, the Institute works to facilitate cultural export, artist exchange and innovative collaborations across the arts and across borders, encouraging new, unexpected collaborations and supporting artistic interventions along social innovation.
About The Museum of Finnish Architecture
The fundamental task of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, one of Finland’s specialist museums, is to collect and distribute knowledge about architecture and increase its understanding among the general public as well as experts. It is an information centre for topical architectural practice, research and critique, oriented toward the future even as it records history. The museum builds a bridge between architecture and its users, and on the other hand, it is a link in the interaction of professionals. The Museum of Finnish Architecture is closely involved in the GAUDI network of European architectural institutions and the International Confederation of Architectural Museums ICAM.

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