Founder and Principal, Studio Gang Architects
MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founder and principal of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects. Jeanne explores the role of design in revitalizing cities. Her work ranges in scale from community anchors and cultural institutions to tall mixed-use buildings and urban design. Jeanne is internationally recognized for her visually striking work and environmentally sensitive approach. With her practice, she aims to strengthen the synergy between urban and natural systems. Currently engaged in major projects throughout the world, Studio Gang recently established a New York outpost in response to the firm’s rising international profile.
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Director General, the Ministry of the Environment, Finland
Since August 2008, Helena Säteri has been Director General at the Ministry of the Environment in Finland and works as the Chief of the Department of the Built Environment. Prior to her current role, Mrs. Säteri worked in different positions at the Ministry and as Executive Director at the National HVAC-federation in Finland and Board Secretary for the Nordic Committee on Building Regulations. She has served as a member of the jury in various architectural competitions both in Finland and abroad. Mrs. Säteri’s recent activities include co-chairing a task force to develop the Administration of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and participating in ERA17—a national action plan for energy-smart buildings.
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Professor, and Founder, Estudio Herreros
Juan Herreros is Chair Professor at the School of Architecture of Madrid and Full Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture of Columbia University. He runs Herreros Arquitectos, an office of 20 architects based in Madrid.
His built work has been broadly and internationally awarded, published, and exhibited. He has been widely recognized for his work, receiving the International Fellowship Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the AD prize of Architecture, and a nomination for the medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His office is now developing and building projects in Spain, Norway, Panama, Mexico, Colombia, France, and Morocco. His most significant projects currently under construction are the Edward Munch Museum in Oslo, the refurbishing of the exhibition spaces of the Reina Sofía museum in Madrid, the Convention Center Ágora-Bogotá in Colombia, the system of coastal parks in Panama City, and other residential, office, and facilities hybrid complexes.
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Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki
Ritva Viljanen serves as Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki, in charge of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Before becoming Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Viljanen was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior (2003–2012) and Director General of the Population Register Centre (1997–2003). Prior to that, she held various offices at the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior. Mrs. Viljanen has held positions in numerous Finnish committees and working parties. At present, she is among other things, the Chairperson of the Trustees of the Helsinki Music Centre Foundation and of the Steering Group for the Central Library project, and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. She also was the Chairperson of the international architectural competition for the design of the Helsinki Central Library.
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Director, City Planning and Architect, Helsinki City Planning Department
Mikko Aho is currently the Director of City Planning at the City of Helsinki. Previously he served both as Municipal Manager and Director of Development of the Municipality of Sipoo. He has also been the Technical Director of the City of Karkkila and City Planner at the Municipality of Mäntsälä. In the beginning of his career, Aho worked as architect and planner in several architectural offices. Aho has served as a jury member in many architectural competitions and held various lectures on city planning.
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Erkki KM Leppävuori
Professor, and President and CEO of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Professor Erkki KM Leppävuori is currently the President and CEO of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, where he has worked in several positions since 1994. Prior to his positions at VTT, he held various positions at the Finnish steel company Rautaruukki. Leppävuori is a board member in several governmental and business organizations including the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the Prime Minister. He has been President of the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations ERATO, Chairman of the EERA (European Energy Research Alliance), and is a member of the Academy of the Technical Sciences.
Professor, and Founder, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Rainer Mahlamäki is a Finnish architect and Professor of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Oulu. He is a partner of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects and served as President of the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) between 2007 and 2011.
Mahlamäki and his partners have received 35 first prizes and 59 other prizes in architectural competitions in Finland and abroad since 1987. First prizes include the Finnish Embassy in Japan, the Espoo Library, and the Chapel in Rovaniemi.
His most significant works include Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw; the Finnish Forest Information Centre and Forest Museum, Lusto; the Folk art Centre in Kaustinen (winning entries in competitions) and the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia in Espoo.
Mahlamäki has served on a number of competition juries, including those for the Espoo City Hall and City Centre Blocks, the extension of the Finnish Parliament, and the Vuosaari Harbour competition in Helsinki. In 2009, he chaired the Jury for the International Architecture Awards
He has been published in World Architecture, Architectural Review, DOMUS, L’Archa and Detail amongst others, and has exhibited work in Milan, Venice, New York, Brazil, Germany and Italy.
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Architect, Founder, OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
The Finnish architect Anssi Lassila was born in Soini in 1973. He graduated with the grade “excellent” and a special mention from the Department of Architecture, University of Oulu 2002. His international breakthrough was the Kärsämäki Shingle Church (2004). Lassila lives and works in Seinäjoki and in Helsinki, Finland. He is the founder and principal partner of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture formerly known as Lassila Hirvilammi Architects Ltd. OOPEAA works on a large variety of different types of projects: churches, office buildings, housing, private houses, interior design, and renovations. The firm currently employs a staff of 10 and has offices in Seinajoki and Helsinki, Finland. The office has been honored with significant awards and nominations and has won several prizes in architecture competitions.OOPEAA has quickly gained a distinctive position among young Finnish architectural practices. Lassila’s architecture displays his interest in combining a sculptural form with traditional materials and building techniques.
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Founder, Atelier Bow-Wow
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and his wife Momoyo Kajima founded architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow in 1992. The Tokyo-based practice is renowned for their domestic, commercial and cultural architecture and theories, especially their work surrounding the concept “Behaviorology.” The firm has also championed the experimental project “Micro-Public-Space,” which has been exhibited across the globe. The pair has published 11 books, including the Pet Architecture Guidebook, which documents small buildings situated in tiny locations all over Tokyo. Tsukamoto is the associate professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and Building Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Most recently, he was the architect for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Berlin, and Mumbai.
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Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Nancy Spector received her MPhil in Art History from City University Graduate Center in New York. She is Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, where she has organized exhibitions on conceptual photography, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle, Richard Prince, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Tino Sehgal, and Maurizio Cattelan. She also organized the group exhibitions Moving Pictures; Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated); and theanyspacewhatever. She was one of the curators of Monument to Now, an exhibition of the Dakis Joannou Collection, which premiered in Athens as part of the Olympics program. She was Adjunct Curator of the 1997 Venice Biennale and co-organizer of the first Berlin Biennial in 1998. Under the auspices of the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, she has initiated special commissions by Andreas Slominski, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Lawrence Weiner as well as a special exhibition on the work of Joseph Beuys and Matthew Barney. She has contributed to numerous books on contemporary visual culture with essays on artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Luc Tuymans, Douglas Gordon, Tino Seghal, and Anna Gaskell. In 2007 she was the U.S. Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, where she presented an exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Spector is a recipient of the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curators Award, five International Art Critics Association Awards and a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award for her work on Youtube Play, a Biennial of Creative Video. At the Guggenheim, she oversees the creative programming for the museum and its affiliates around the world.
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Professor of Architecture and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University
An accomplished scholar and design teacher, Mark Wigley has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture and is the author of Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995); and The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (1993). He co-edited The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationalist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond (2001). Wigley has served as curator for widely attended exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. After a decade as Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University he is now stepping down to return to teaching.
Photo: Courtesy of Mark Wigley