Panu Savolainen is an architect and historian and professor of history of architecture at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland). He earned his MA in Architecture from Helsinki University of Techonology, MA in history from University of Turku and PhD in history from University of Turku. He is currently specializing in medieval archaeology and 20th century suburbs but his earlier research has focused on 18th and 19th century Turku and urban history. Savolainen has authored six books, including a children’s book, and over 30 scholarly articles. He has also worked as a practicing architect, including housing design, urban planning and ruin conservation.
Antti Lehto is an architect and professor of Housing Design at Aalto University. His work focuses on resident-driven, low-carbon housing concepts and Circular Design. He’s a founding partner of architectural design practice INARO, applying holistic interweaving of architectural and landscape design with other areas of expertise, such as energy engineering and structural design. In addition, he’s a founding partner at Woodberg, a development company on wood construction. He’s currently leading several teams on high-profile architectural projects in Finland. Combining research and design practice is at the core of his work.
Daniel M. Abramson is Professor of Architectural History and Director of Architectural Studies at Boston University. He is the author of three books, most recently Obsolescence: An Architectural History (Chicago, 2016), as well as being co-editor of Writing Architectural History: Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century (Pittsburgh, 2021), his second volume with the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative of which he is also a founding member. Current work relates to the architecture of American government centers, citizenship, the state, and capitalism since 1900.
Baubüro in situ ag, Basel, Switzerland
Tina Ekener was born in Sweden, studied Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Moved to Switzerland in 1991, worked in different offices in Bern and Basel. Absolved the interdisciplinary postgraduate study Program Man-Society-Environment at the University in Basel between 1998 and 2000. Ruled her own office between 2000-2007; involved as architect in the transformation process of Gundeldinger Feld in Basel from industrial plot to an active area in a sustainable way. From 2007 employed at baubüro in situ, since 2011 Partner and Member of the Board.
Portrait Photo: Johanna Bosshart
Iida Kalakoski is an architect and a researcher specialised in the built heritage, who works as a university instructor at Tampere University. In her work, positions of trust, and other activities Kalakoski aims at widening the perspectives of the building preservation and the potential of existing building stock. She approaches circular economy as a tool for creating culturally and environmentally more sustainable built environments.
Havu Järvelä is a teacher of Housing: Design & Resource-efficient construction and environmental impacts in Aalto University. Together with Heljä Nieminen he has founded Keltainen toimisto to promote circular economy in architectural practice. In his diploma thesis Havu studied how the resources of the demolished building stock could be utilized as a part of expanding cities’ new apartment block construction. The thesis included a design part to illustrate the potential apartment qualities provided by reusing the parts of 1960–90s office buildings.
Ella Müller is a practising architect and emerging researcher. She recently received her MSc in architecture from Aalto University and is currently working with research and renovation of historic buildings. In her master’s thesis Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Modern Architecture and Waste (2022) Müller examines the ways in which the contemporary building culture produces waste. Instead of adopting the problem-solving approach of waste management, she asks how buildings and urban environments come to be defined waste in the first place? This question is explored through the history of modern architecture and construction practice.