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    Antti Ahlava, architect SAFA, is full professor in Emergent Design Methodologies and leader of Group X at Aalto University and has been a visiting professor in Århus, Copenhagen and Vienna. He was recently a visiting fellow at Cambridge University (Clare Hall College) and Harvard GSD, as well as Head of Architecture Department at Aalto University. Ahlava has expertise in campus design, adaptive reuse, urban regeneration and artistic interdisciplinarity. His architecture office, helsinkizürich, located in Helsinki and Zürich, created international fame with smaller design projects such as Helsinki City Art Museum renovation and Hive nightclub and today works on larger scale urban design projects in Finland, Central Europe and China. Ahlava's current design projects include Aviapolis Centre at Helsinki Vantaa airport and the urban renewal of Espoo and Finnoo centres. His earlier commissions include Munktellstaden housing development in Eskilstuna, Sweden, infill for the City of Helsinki and the urban design of Helsinki City Hall quartiers.

    Ahlava won first prize in Andermatt city centre competition and in Espoo City Hospital competition (with K2S Architects) and third prize in Katara Hills competition in Qatar. He received a honorable mention in Helsinki Guggenheim competition. Ahlava’s work was recently exhibited in Milan Design Week.

    Artistic and research interests

    Professor Antti Ahlava's research interests include architecture, design, urban design and building design.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctoral degree, Arts and Design, Helsinki University of Arts and Design

    Award Date: 18 Dec 2002

    Master's degree, Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology

    Award Date: 6 Feb 1996

    External positions

    Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University (Clare Hall College)

    1 Oct 202131 Jul 2022

    Board member of the Foundation of Finnish Institute in Japan

    1 Jan 2019 → …

    Visiting Critic of Diploma Works, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan KTH, School of Architecture, Stockholm

    2016 → …

    Visiting Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design

    2013 → …

    Visiting Critic, University of California Los Angeles

    2013 → …

    Visiting Professor in Architecture, Technische Universität Wien


    Visiting Professor in Architecture, Aarhus School of Architecture


    Visiting Professor in Architecture, Royal Art Academy School of Architecture

    2004 → …


    • architecture
    • design
    • urban design
    • Building Design


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