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Pirjo Sanaksenaho

D.Sc (arch)

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  • Otakaari 1 X, 02150 Espoo


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Artistic and research interests

Person profile

My teaching field is designing of public buildings. Architecture of schools, day care centers, cultural buildings, offices and social and healthcare buildings and hybrids are in the focus of the tecahing. I'm director of SOTERA institue, which is a research institute at the department of architecture dealing with social and health care facilities. I'm as well responsible as academic leader for Living+ platform, a multidisciplinary research platform for human centered living environments. I used to teach housing design before I became profesor of builiding design, so the questions concerning housing are also close to my heart.
Modularity and especially new modular learning environments are special research interest of mine. My own doctoral dissertation was about single-family houses and ideals for living in 1950-1960's. My aim is also to strengthen the collaboartion between artists and architects and I have organised some common courses for art students and architecture students.
The societal impact of architecture is important for me and I'm active in professional networks, like in the Association of Finnish Architects SAFA and the governmental board of Museum of Finnish Architecture as chairman. I like to attend the public discussion on architecture and construction industry both in social media and in other forums.


My background is in practice. I've been a partner at Sanaksenaho Architects ltd. since 1997. Our office has designed students housing, elderly homes, day care center, private villas and public buildings like ecumenical chapel in Turku and student health care center YTHS in Helsinki. We have had projects also in China. Sanaksenaho Architects was invited to CIPEA - China International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in Nanjing in 2004 and ORDOS 100 in Inner Mongolia in 2008 and to a competition on Sino-Finnish Center in Nanjing in 2016. Sanaksenaho Architects has been invited to Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2004 "Metamorph" exhbition in Arsenale and Italian pavilion and our projects have been presented in common exhibitions in Nordic pavilion in 1996 and 2012. Sanaksenaho Architects' projects have been published widely in international architectural magazines, both printed and online.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science (Architecture)

External positions


2 Jan 1997 → …


  • Arkkitehtuuri
  • Hyvinvointirakentaminen
  • Koti
  • Asuminen
  • Sotera
  • Asuntosuunnittelu
  • Rakennussuunnittelu
  • Julkiset rakennukset

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Research Output

Kilpailuehdotus Kansallismuseon lisärakennukseksi

Sanaksenaho, P. & Sanaksenaho, M., 4 Apr 2019

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formArchitectureArt in coproductionpeer-review


Heikkinen, P., Sanaksenaho, P., Suomi, M., Tidwell, P., Helenius, R., Järvelä, H., Torvinen, J., Hirvonen, E. & Pedersen, S., 2019

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formArchitectureArt in non-art workpeer-review

Talo Komorebi: Yksityistalosuunnitelma Porvooseen

Sanaksenaho, P. & Sanaksenaho, M., 31 Aug 2019

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formArchitectureArt in coproduction

  • Talo Vanhanen: Yksityistalosuunnitelma Nurmijärvelle

    Sanaksenaho, P. & Sanaksenaho, M., 30 Jun 2019

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formArchitectureArt in coproduction

  • YTHS Tampere, luonnosvaihe: Luonnossuunnitelma ylioppilaiden uudeksi terveystaloksi Tampereelle

    Sanaksenaho, P. & Sanaksenaho, M., 30 Sep 2019

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formArchitectureArt in coproduction


    Elinvoimainen taajama

    Verma, I., Sanaksenaho, P. & Taegen, J.


    Project: Other external funding: Other public funding

    2016 SA Profilointi T201 Sanak

    Mäkelä, K., Sanaksenaho, P. & Pulkkinen, T.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles

    TÄYTYY: Täydentäen toimivaa

    Verma, I., Suominen, J. & Sanaksenaho, P.


    Project: Other external funding: Other government funding

    Muuttuva yhteiskunta - Muuttuvat palvelut

    Suominen, J., Verma, I., Sanaksenaho, P. & Taegen, J.


    Project: Other external funding: Other public funding

    JADE Sotera

    Verma, I. & Sanaksenaho, P.


    Project: EU: Framework programmes funding


    Arkkitehtuurikilpailu 1.palkinto YTHS laajennus

    Pirjo Sanaksenaho (Recipient) & Matti Sanaksenaho (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    membership in Teknillisten Tieteiden Akatemia

    Pirjo Sanaksenaho (Recipient), 20 Sep 2017

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career


    Health Awards & Foresight Forum

    Laura Arpiainen (Participant), Pirjo Sanaksenaho (Participant)
    24 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipant of a conference, workshop, session or tutorial

    Martyn Hook

    Pirjo Sanaksenaho (Host)
    16 Sep 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a visitor

    NAF/NAAR Symposium (Event)

    Pirjo Sanaksenaho (Reviewer)
    13 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesReviewer of conference article

    City of Vantaa (External organisation)

    Pirjo Sanaksenaho (Member)
    18 Mar 201922 Mar 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of a jury

    Practical reflection and reflective practice

    Pirjo Sanaksenaho (Invited speaker)
    26 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture