PROF. JUHANI PALLASMAA

Juhani Pallasmaa (b. 1936), Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA, Professor Emeritus, Helsinki, has practised architecture since the early 1960s and established his own office Juhani Pallasmaa Architects in 1983 after having collaborated with a number of architects during twenty years. In addition to architectural design, he has been active in urban, exhibition, product and graphic design.

He has taught and lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, and published books and numerous essays on the philosophy and critique of architecture and the arts in over thirty languages.

Pallasmaa has held positions as e.g. Professor and Dean at the Helsinki University of Technology (1991-97), State Artist Professor (1983-88), Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978-83), Associate Professor at Haile Selassie I University, Addis Abeba (1972-74), and Rector of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki (1970-71).

He has held visiting professorships at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. (fall term 2011); University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (fall term 2010); the Washington University in St. Louis (1999-2004); University of Virginia (spring 1992) and Yale University (spring 1993), and taught and lectured in numerous universities, conferences, and symposia around the world including around fifty universities and architecture schools in the US.

His thirty-five books include: Encounters 2: Architectural Essays, Helsinki 2012;Understanding Architecture, London 2012 (in collaboration with Robert McCarter); The Embodied Image: imagination and imagery in architecture, London 2011; The Thinking Hand: existential and embodied wisdom in architecture, London 2009; Alvar Aalto Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban, co-editor, London 2007; Raimo Utriainen – The Resonant Line, Helsinki 2007; Encounters: Architectural Essays, Helsinki 2005; The Aalto House, Helsinki 2004; Juhani Pallasmaa: Sensuous Minimalism, Beijing 2002; The Architecture of Image: Existential Space in Cinema, Helsinki 2001 and 2007; Alvar Aalto: Villa Mairea, Helsinki, 1998; The Eyes of the Skin, London 1996 and 2005; The Melnikov House, London 1996; Animal Architecture, Helsinki 1995; Maailmassaolon taide[The Art of Being-in-the-World: essays on art and architecture], Helsinki 1993; Alvar Aalto Furniture, Helsinki/Cambridge, Mass. 1987; The Language of Wood, Helsinki 1987, and; Alvar Aalto 1898-1976, co-editor, Helsinki 1978.

Pallasmaa has received three honorary doctorates: University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki, 1993 (in the arts); Helsinki University of Technology, 1998 (in technology), and; Estonian Academy of Arts, 2004 (in the arts). He is also Academician of the International Academy of Architecture, 2012, and member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury, 2008-.

Pallasmaa has received several Finnish and international awards: Dean’s Medal, Washington University in St. Louis 2012; Alfred Kordelin Prize for Lifetime Achievement, Helsinki 2010; Arnold W. Brunner Prize for Architecture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York 2009 (USA); Silver Plaquette of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, 2006; Finland Prize, 2000; The International Union of Architects´ Award for Architectural Criticism, 1999; Fritz Schumacher Prize (Germany), 1997; Russian Federation Architecture Award, 1996 (Russia); Helsinki City Culture Award, 1993; Finnish National Architecture Award, 1992.

Moduli, 225 Industrial Summer House System, 1968-72 (in collaboration with Kristian Gullichsen)

Two Family House Enarvi, Helsinki, 1972 (prototype for an industrial housing system)

Summer Atelier for a Painter, Vano Islands, 1970

Summer House and Sauna for an Art Collector, Siikakoski, 2011

Summer House and Sauna for an Art Collector, Siikakoski, 2011

Eastern Finland Court House, Kuopio, 1987-93

Finnish Institute, Paris, 1986-91 (in collaboration with Roland Schweitzer and Sami Tabet)

Finnish Institute, Paris, 1986-91 (in collaboration with Roland Schweitzer and Sami Tabet)

SIIDA, Sami Lapp Museum, Inari, Lapland, 1990-98

SIIDA, Sami Lapp Museum, Inari, Lapland, 1990-98

Arrival Plaza, Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1994

Arrival Plaza, Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1994

Art Museum and Concert Hall, Rovaniemi. Lapland, 2011 (reuse of an industrial building)

Art Museum and Concert Hall, Rovaniemi. Lapland, 2011 (reuse of an industrial building)

Art Museum and Concert Hall, Rovaniemi. Lapland, 2011 (reuse of an industrial building)

Chair, laminated plywood and carbon fibre, spring steel. Prototype, 1991

Reclining chair, laminated plywood and carbon fibre, spring steel. Prototype, 1994

Chair, laminated plywood and carbon fibre, chromed spring steel. Prototype, 1991

Architectural objects, rusted steel, 1991

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