Prof. Juhani Pallasmaa
(b. 1936), Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Professor, 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, 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 twenty five languages.
Pallasmaa has held positions as eg. 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), and Rector of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki (1970-71).
He has held visiting professorships at the Washington University in St. Louis (1999-2004), University of Virginia (1992) and Yale University (1993) and taught and lectured in numerous universities, conferences, and symposia around the world.
His books include:
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;
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.
Pallasmaa has received following honorary doctorates:
University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki, 1993 (in the arts);
Helsinki University of Technology, 1998 (in technology);
Estonian Academy of Arts, 2004 (in the arts).
He is Honorary
Professor of the International Academy of Architecture.
Pallasmaa has received several awards:
Silver Medal 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;
Helsinki City Culture Award, 1993;
National architecture award, 1992.
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