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.
Photo: Courtesy of Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki