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Esa Laaksonen

Helsinki (Finland)

Esa Laaksonen

Architect. Member of the Prize’s Board of Experts.

Editor-in-chief of Ptah, an English-language architecture, design, and art magazine, he is a member of the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) and the Finnish Critics’ Association (SARV). From 1996 to 1999 he was editor-in-chief of SAFA’s Finnish architecture magazine Arkkitehti. Since 1999 he has been director of the Alvar Aalto Academy in Helsinki.

He works in the studio he founded in Finland with the architect Kimmo Friman, and among his notable works as a designer is the frontier station between Siilinjärvi Uimala and Niirala. He is an assiduous contributor of articles in the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the Uusi Suomi (New Finland) website, and Väri & Pinta. Among the books he has published are Research and Practice in Architecture (Rakennustieto Publishing, 1999) and Universal Versus Individual: The Architecture of the 1960’s (Alvar Aalto Museum, 2004).

Last update: May 2019

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