Sociologist and art historian. Member of the prize jury.
Graduate in History of Art from Helsinki University and in Sociology from the New School in New York, where she also gained her PhD after a master’s degree in Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin. During the 20 years she lived in New York, she played an important role at the Finnish Cultural Institute, of which she became director in 1997. There, she produced and curated exhibitions about art, design and architecture. In her last phase in New York she also taught design and urban studies at the Parsons New School. In 2010 she returned to Finland as director of the Finnish Architecture Museum, where she worked until 2017 to promote Finnish architecture and design.
Her projects include Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, a long-term research project culminating in a monograph and a travelling international exhibition. In 2016 she curated From Border to Home at the Venice Architecture Biennale. She has been a jury member for well-known architecture prizes.
Member of the jury of the European Prize for Urban Public Space from 2012 to 2016.
Last updated: January 2019