Design Competition Jury

Mikko Aho – Chair of the Jury
Mikko Aho worked as Executive Director of Urban Environment Division and Director of City Planning at the City of Helsinki, retiring in October 2021.

Previously, Aho served as Municipal Manager and Director of Development at the Municipality of Sipoo. He has also worked as Technical Director of the City of Karkkila and City Planner of the Municipality of Mäntsälä.

Aho is an architect and planner with experience working in several architectural offices. He has given lectures on city planning and served as a jury member in a wide range of architectural competitions.

Aho serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Real Estate Company ADM, and Member of the Board of the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design.

Juha Lemström – Vice Chair of the Jury
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Juha Lemström is Architect and Licentiate of Science (Technology), who has completed postgraduate studies in restoration in Rome at ICCROM and in real estate in Finland. Since 1980, he has worked as an architect and project director in high-profile public construction and restoration projects, such as Helsinki Senate Square and the surrounding buildings, the Ateneum and Sinebrychoff Art Museums, the National Museum of Finland, the University Museum, and the Music Centre in Helsinki, built as a new building based on a design competition.

Lemström worked as COO and Corporate Responsibility Director at Senate Properties for 15 years, during which operating models for responsible state property management and construction were developed, and climate load and emissions were significantly reduced.

Lemström has served as a jury member and chairman in several design competitions. Most recently, he chaired the jury for the two-phase design competition for the extension of the National Museum of Finland. Construction of the expansion has started in September 2023.

Lemström serves as Chair of the Board of Real Estate Company ADM, and Member of the Board of the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design.

Gus Casely-Hayford
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Dr Gus Casely-Hayford is the inaugural Director of V&A East, appointed in March 2020.

He is a curator and cultural historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on culture, having presented a number of series for Sky, BBC radio and television and other channels.

Formerly the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, Gus was appointed Professor of Practice at SOAS in 2021 and awarded an OBE in 2018 for his services to Arts and Culture.

Beatrice Galilee
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Beatrice Galilee is a London-born curator, writer and cultural advisor who is internationally recognized for her expertise in global contemporary architecture and design.

Based in New York, Galilee is co-founder and executive director of The World Around, a new platform for contemporary design and architecture that is in residence at the Guggenheim Museum. Beatrice is the author of Radical Architecture of the Future, published by Phaidon in 2021, and between 2014–2019 served as the first curator of contemporary architecture and design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beatrice Galilee served as chief curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale; co-curator of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, co-curator of 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Between 2010–2012 she launched and co-directed The Gopher Hole, an experimental exhibition and project space in London.

Between 2006–2009 she served the award-winning architecture editor of Icon Magazine, one of Europe’s leading publications in architecture and design, and is a respected critic: her reviews, profiles and features on contemporary design have been published in a number of international magazines and books as well as daily newspapers.

Kaarina Gould
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Kaarina Gould, CEO of the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design, has been leading the process of establishing a new national museum of architecture and design in Helsinki, Finland since 2021.

Originally trained as a designer, Gould is an experienced leader of large-scale cultural projects and initiatives ranging from visual arts and design to performing arts and festivals.

Her past experience include being Executive Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and Program Director for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

Gould serves as Chair of the Board of AD Museum Ltd.

Beate Hølmebakk
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Beate Hølmebakk was born in Oslo in 1963. She studied architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) under Sverre Fehn and Christian Norberg-Schulz and as a visiting student at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union under John Hejduk. She has been an artistic professor at Chalmers University in Sweden, a visiting professor at the University of Navarra, Spain, and Cornell University, USA.

Since 2007 Hølmebakk has been a professor at AHO. She lectures frequently outside Scandinavia: at Barbican, London Metropolitan University, Kingston University, The Berlage, Porto Academy, Politecnico di Milano, USI Academy of Architecture, Harvard GSD, Cornell University, UT Austin, and Hong Kong University.

Since 2004 Hølmebakk has been running the architectural office Manthey Kula together with partner Per Tamsen. Manthey Kula’s production spans from ideal, explorative projects to public commissions. Work from the office is awarded, widely published, and presented in several architecture exhibitions. There are two monographs about the office: About MK, Libria 2017 and Rotunda IV – Manthey Kula, Trema Förlag, 2022.

Projects by Manthey Kula have been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009, 2011, 2019, and 2022. The Archipelago Project was acquired by Frac Centre - Val de Loire in 2017, The Virginia Project was acquired by the National Museum of Norway in 2021. In 2022 both Hølmebakk and Tamsen received the Swedish Prince Eugene Medals for outstanding artistic achievement.

Salla Hoppu
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Salla Hoppu is Leading Architect at Urban Environment Division of the City of Helsinki with 15 years of experience in urban planning.

Hoppu is specialised in cultural environments and urban maritime areas, having worked extensively for example with Kalasatama and Arabianranta, Helsinki’s new waterfront districts. She uses her vast experience also in the development of the South Harbour area.

The challenge in the planning of the South Harbour is to retain the historical and cultural layers of the area whilst creating a new and exciting urban venue for the inhabitants of Helsinki as well as visitors. The aim is to create a dialogue between the historical context and insert new, socially and environmentally sustainable architecture to enable new relevance.

Riitta Kaivosoja
Riitta Kaivosoja is Director General at the Department for Art and Cultural Policy at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. Her main responsibilities include art and cultural policy, cultural heritage, audiovisual culture, copyright issues, church affairs, strategic planning and resources.

Kaivosoja has worked at the Ministry since 1990, her extensive career including work with education, cultural, youth and sports policies. Before that, she worked with legal issues at the Regional Administration of Häme and the City Court of Jyväskylä.

Kaivosoja holds a Master of Law and a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences.

Matti Kuittinen
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Dr Matti Kuittinen is Professor of Sustainable Construction at the Department of Architecture at Aalto University. His research is focused on climate impacts and carbon flows in the built environment.

Previously Kuittinen worked at the Ministry of Environment of Finland, during which he developed the national whole life carbon assessment method and initiated the Nordic Bauhaus programme.

As a practicing architect, Kuittinen has designed experimental sustainable buildings and participated in humanitarian construction operations.

Sari Nieminen
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Sari Nieminen is an architect and the founder of Arkkitehtitoimisto Sari Nieminen Oy. She has designed public buildings and private homes, and a wide range of her projects have been published in architectural reviews and books as well as presented in exhibitions.

Nieminen has held teaching positions at Helsinki University of Technology (current Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) in Design of Public Buildings. She has served in a variety of expert positions in public administration and foundations, including Member of the Board of the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Nieminen has received awards and been a jury member in several architectural competitions. Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s National Council for Architecture and Design has awarded Nieminen a 10-year Artist Professorship grant for 2014–2023.

Miklu Silvanto
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Miklu Silvanto is an industrial designer and serial entrepreneur.

Silvanto is one of the founding partners of Aivan Design Agency in Helsinki. Previously, he has worked in Apple’s industrial design team, reporting directly to Sir Jonathan Ive, and as Chief Design Officer and Senior Vice President at Bang & Olufsen.

Silvanto received Master of Arts in Design Products from the Royal College of Art.

Silvanto is Member of the Board of AD Museum Ltd.

Anni Sinnemäki
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Anni Sinnemäki has been the Deputy Mayor for the City of Helsinki, responsible for city planning and real estate, since 2015. Since June 2017 she is in charge of Helsinki's Urban Environment Division. The most important project of this City Council term for her has been the ambitious Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2030 Action Plan.

Sinnemäki was Member of the Finnish Parliament for 15 years (1999–2015), representing The Greens of Finland. She was Minister of Labour from 2009 to 2011.

Sinnemäki is born in Helsinki, is married and has two children. She has published two collections of poems and she also wrote lyrics for albums by Ultra Bra group.

Hannu Tikka
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Hannu Tikka is a Doctor of Science (Technology), Professor, and Architect.

Professor Tikka's professional career is long and varied. Tikka began his design work in 1980 as a trainee draughtsman at Pentti Linkola's architectural office. As he studied and graduated, his design responsibilities grew, and in 1994 Tikka and his colleagues founded a design office called Arkkitehtityöhuone Artto Kaijansinkko Palo Rossi Tikka (APRT).

The firm won an international urban planning competition in Copenhagen in 1994. The success of the competition led to a significant assignment to design and implement a new district near Kastrup Airport. Design work included urban planning, infrastructure and landscape design. The town plan for Ørestad was completed in 1997, construction in the area will continue for several more years.

In addition to the challenging urban planning project, APRT has designed and implemented several public buildings. Tikka has worked as the chief designer of Sibelius Hall in Lahti, the Hämeenlinna business centre, Hotel Eliel and numerous other projects.
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