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Undergraduate Centre
Otakaari 1, Espoo / online

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Aalto University

Public defence: Finnish Architects in China: Discourses and Practices

Photo taken from above of the construction site

image: Mawei New City Group

This doctoral dissertation focuses on Finnish architects' practices and discourses in China amidst the rapid urbanization. The event is in English and it is possible to participate online.

Doctoral student: Yizhou Zhao
Opponent: Prof. Marja Sarvimäki, Bond University, Australia
Custos: Prof. Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture

Doctoral student Yizhou Zhao's dissertation illustrates the intricate relationship between Finnish architectural design and elements encompassing China's urban scale, social fabric, and cultural context. This study extends the exploration of Finnish architecture and enriches aspects of design thinking, cultural exchanges, and organizational structures within modern transnational architectural practices.

For architectural researchers, this dissertation provides detailed insights into transnational architectural practices, a rarity in many studies. Its uniqueness stems from the author's firsthand involvement, offering a comprehensive view of these practices. For architects engaged in such practices, this dissertation offers a broader perspective, enabling reflection and critique of the purpose-driven, intuitive decisions inherent in design processes.

Link to the thesis' public display, click here.

Read more about the event through this link.