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Working on an eco lodge in Tibet

Me and Anssi are now working on an eco lodge design in Gyalthang, Tibet. I will post more, when the project gets closer to realization!

Sra Pou vocational school published in several blogs and magazines

We have been very happy to see how widely architecture and ecology blogs have been interested in Sra Pou vocational school. By googling “Sra Pou” you will finds hundreds of hits of our project and articles about it. Here are a couple of the ones we like the best:

World Architecture News




Sra Pou vocational school finished

We have finished our first built project with Architects Rudanko Kankkunen. See the final photos and press material at our blog or our company website I am happy!

Urban Pilot project coordinator at Helsinki City Planning Office

I am leading the Urban Pilot project at Helsinki City Planning Office during the year 2011. My work is about building the identity of former harbors in central Helsinki that are now being developed into urban districts. The job is closely related to my design and research work with Kotka harbor, and I am very happy to take the challenge to work with similar issues in Helsinki. The position is temporary, as I am replacing my colleague Meri Louekari during her maternal leave. In 2012 I will return to my own company and freelance work.

Sra Pou blog

This March and April I will be in Sra Pou, Cambodia overseeing the construction of our Sra Pou vocational school project. It is wonderful news that all donations have been collected and the school is now being built! All Finnish readers can follow the progress of construction at – others will find images there, and can request me for more info in English anytime. I am very excited to get this project realized after the great effort me and my design partner Anssi have put into it. We hope to help the people in Sra Pou and to give an encouraging example to all others: architects can be proactive, get things going, act for the ones who don’t have the power to do so themselves.

HUM:ARC wins a prize in D² pitching competition

HUM:ARC pitched itself  2500e to develop further our communications system in the D²-pitching competition. Hilla Rudanko and Inari Virkkala pitched to the jury in the competition held in Helsinki on the 2nd of February, 2011.

In order to make HUM:ARC more known and more prepared to reply to the challenges lying ahead, HUM:ARC will work on the webpage and the the blogs of Sra Pou and Komitu to make the best out of our pilot construction projects. We will document the processes carefully and collect the data in an easily approachable format. Stay tuned!

HUM:ARC – Finnish collective for humanitarian architecture

Me and Anssi Kankkunen became part of HUM:ARC, a Finnish collective for humanitarian architecture, in autumn 2010. The collective was founded already in 2008, and worked in its first years mostly through informing architects about humanitarian issues. In 2010, our  Sra Pou vocational school project in Cambodia got started along with two more Finnish humanitarian architecture projects. So, all of us young Finnish architects working in humanitarian design decided to get together under the umberella of HUM:ARC. HUM:ARC closely collaborates with Ukumbi ry., which is an older NGO working in the field of humanitarian architecture. HUM:ARC has its own blog under – visit it for more detail!

Arhitects Rudanko + Kankkunen established

We have founded a new company with my design partner Anssi Kankkunen: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen, abbreviated AR+K. The company will serve for our common projects, of which the first professional one is the vocational school in Sra Pou, Cambodia. We got the official stamps for our founding papers just this week and are now proceeding with the website and of course, the projects!

Co-working at Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

I have started a job at a well-known Finnish architecture office Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. The office specializes public buildings, office-buildings, housing, renovations and urban planning. See the latest projects at .

TU-PA design collective founded

The workspace project that I initiated last autumn is finally starting to be ready. The working name “Koetila” has changed as I found a beautiful space in an old customs building Tulli- ja Pakkahuone in Katajanokka, Helsinki. From the building’s name we adopted the name TU-PA for our design collective.

We are now a group of  seven designers working in the space.  Public School Helsinki ( organizes events regularly in the space, and a comic artist’s club meets there weekly. There are also occasional exhibitions and events. We hope that the space will accommodate more functions and people after some time!

Kulttuurirahasto stipendium 2010

I have received a Kulttuurirahasto grant for personal work and the founding of a workspace in Helsinki. I have planned the workspace for long, as you can see when visiting at the address . There were several changes to my plans, as people wanting to join had different ideas, and it took some time to find a suitable space.

I was very happy to receive the grant in February 2010, as it allowed me to finalize the plans and rent a space in the old customs building, Tulli- ja Pakkahuone, in Helsinki. The grant will be spent on curating the space with its exhibitions and events, as well as my architectural work.

Koetila workspace in Helsinki

I am starting a workspace called Koetila in Helsinki as I return to my hometown this December. At the moment we are looking for a rental space nearby Kamppi. This workspace will also be a co-host for Public School Helsinki, a series of open events defined by the public.

The Metropolitan Exchange blog

The MEx blog is for mostly for internal communication in our co-working space, but it also gives an overview of what is happening in the space.

Webpage opened

The webpage is opened. Updates will follow.

Co-working at Interboro Partners / MEx

I have started a new job at Interboro Partners urban design and research firm in Brooklyn, NY. I finished the book project at C-Lab two days ago, and luckily Interboro was flexible and let me start working for them earlier than planned. I am specializing in urban research, as my main projects will be a book on Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, “NORCs”, and projects on Newark, New Jersey. The latter include finishing redevelopment plan for the Newark area and starting a book/magazine for the residents about building regulations and best practices in the form of a comic book. I am excited about this job – the partners are extremely intelligent and friendly, and the working space (called the Metropolitan Exchange) is in an old factory building in 33 Flatbush, Downtown Brooklyn. In the space we have many design professionals working on their independent projects. So there should be interesting discussions and influences ahead!

Co-working at C-Lab, Columbia University

I am working as a researcher at C-Lab, Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting, for three months this summer. We are doing research for a book on mechanisms of giving in world economy, initially titled “Gift Economy”. The book will be finished by the beginning of September which is when I will leave the lab for another job in Brooklyn at Interboro Partners. It should be out in October 2010, published my Lars Müller and The New Museum.