Alvar & Aino Aalto at ground level

This workshop will travel through Finland to study some of the most important buildings designed by Alvar & Aino Aalto. The workshop includes guided tours inside key buildings, lectures, and discussions of key works. As a participant, you will learn first-hand about the collaborative architectural and design work of Alvar and Aino Aalto. You will evaluate the spatial, aesthetic, technical and social aspects of their work, through drawings, diagrams or text. You will be assessed through an illustrated travelogue, portfolio or exhibition.

Sa ̈yna ̈tsalo Town Hall Timothy BROWN (CC BY 2.0)

The workshop will begin with a pre-departure workshop in Umeå on Monday 13 June 2022, with departure from Umeå early on Tuesday 14 June and return around midnight on Monday 20 June. The costs of ferry and train tickets and shared accommodation are included in the workshop. You may choose to remain in Finland after 20 June or travel back to Sweden by another route, but you will not be refunded for any travel not taken with the group. You are responsible for the costs of food, subsistence, and materials.

The workshop can only be undertaken in-person. If Covid-19 restrictions prevent in-person attendance and travel to Finland, the workshop will not take place.

Responsible teacher:
James Benedict Brown, Associate Professor at Umeå School of Architecture

Image above: Säynätsalo Town Hall, Alvar Aalto, 1952. (Photographer: Timothy Brown, CC BY 2.0)