The Museum of Finnish Architecture has around 500 000 drawings. The collection is not an official archive, but comprizes material received from architects, including sketches, official drawings, working drawings, details, etc.
The Drawings Collection includes material from over 1000 designers. The most important individual collections are catalogued item by item. In other cases cataloguing accuracy varies, but all works of which there is material in the Drawings Collection are catalogued.
The Drawings Collection mainly grows through donations. The collections of the most well-known architects are preferably acquired complete. The very oldest drawings are represented as occasional items (e.g. Engel, Höijer). From the art nouveau period and early 20th century there are several large collections, e.g. those of Sigurd Frosterus, Armas Lindgren, S. A. Lindqvist, Eliel Saarinen and Lars Sonck, and from later times several noticeable collections including those of Aulis Blomstedt, P. E. Blomstedt, Erik Bryggman, Hilding Ekelund, Jarl Eklund, Aarne Ervi, Yrjö Lindegren, Viljo Revell and Martti Välikangas.
The complete drawings archive of Raili and Reima Pietilä was donated to the Museum some years ago and has been catalogued with the support of the Ministry of Education. At the beginning of the year 2006 the drawings archive of Aarno Ruusuvuori was donated to the museum.
Alvar Aalto’s drawings are not kept at the Museum. They are in possession of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, www.alvaraalto.fi, and they are available to researchers at request.
Literary material, such as correspondence by architects, is kept in the Museum’s library.
The Drawings Collection also includes some material related to architectural competitions.
The drawings held at the Museum are available to reseachers at request. Appointments can be made by phone. Copies of drawings are delivered by order.
Contact person: Antti Aaltonen, Drawings Collection.
tel. +358 45 7731 0480