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The 9th International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar – BIOSYMBIOSIS 24.-25.5.2022 was, exceptionally this time, an admission-free hybrid seminar open to everyone. The event and accompanying get-together were held at the University of Jyväskylä, main building (Alvar Aalto, 1954-56).

The seminar brought together the global design and architecture community, professionals, researchers, students – and anyone interested in innovative, solution-oriented design and research.

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Broadcast and event venue

Main building of the University of Jyväskylä by architect Alvar Aalto (1954-56).

University of Jyväskylä, main building (1954-56), Jyväskylä.
Photo Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation.

The Alvar Aalto Design Seminar, held every three years in Jyväskylä since 1995, is an internationally acclaimed design event that highlights top research and experts in the field. The design seminar, as well as the Alvar Aalto Symposium and Alvar Aalto Researcher’s Network Seminar, which take place every third year, is organised by the Alvar Aalto Foundation/Alvar Aalto Academy together with the City of Jyväskylä and other event partners. The 2022 event partners are, among others, Aalto University, Artek, Avotakka magazine, Business Finland, Cumulus Association, Design Helsinki & Clerkenwell Design Week (Media 10), Design Museum Helsinki, Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale and Paimio Sanatorium Foundation. The graphic design of the event is by artist and graphic designer Aimo Katajamäki.

the Steering group 

Mirkku Kullberg, CEO, Glasshouse Helsinki, Chairman of the Board, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Pirjo Kääriäinen, Associate Professor, Design and Materialities, Aalto University
Anniina Koivu, Head of Theory Masters, ECAL, Lausanne and Curator, writer
Tommi Lindh, CEO, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Nina Heikkonen, Programme manager, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Aila Svenskberg Design writer, editor, BIOSYMBIOSIS producer, Alvar Aalto Foundation


Welcome to Jyväskylä Region!

In the Jyväskylä Region you’ll encounter the enthralling natural scenery of Lake Päijänne, four outstanding national parks, lively urban culture and thousands of events ranging from pop-up happenings to competitions at world championship level. Here in the Jyväskylä Region you’ll also find two superb UNESCO world heritage sites and more of Alvar Aalto’s architecture than anywhere else in the world. Here in the Sauna Region of the World, you’ll find both traditional and highly original saunas, in which to experience Finnish sauna and everything that goes with it at first hand and in its purest form.

The Alvar Aalto locations in the Jyväskylä Region, 29 in total, form part of the Alvar Aalto Route – 20th Century Architecture and Design – a cultural route which the Council of Europe singled out in 2021 for inclusion in the highly regarded Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe network. These locations include, for example, Jyväskylä Workers’ Club – a wonderful example of Nordic classicism – and Muurame church, the University of Jyväskylä’s Seminaarinmäki campus area born from the winning entry in an architecture invitational, Alvar and Elissa Aalto’s Muuratsalo experimental house which served as a summer residence and the Alvar Aalto Museum. One of the finest creations of Aalto’s highly productive career is Säynätsalo Town Hall, completed in 1952, which in 2021 was chosen by a prestigious panel assembled by the New York Times as one of the 25 most influential and significant works of post-war architecture.

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Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Jyväskylä Airport



Further Information

Aila Svenskberg, Alvar Aalto Design seminar producer, communications
Alvar Aalto Foundation
+358 40 659 1930

Nina Heikkonen, Programme manager
Alvar Aalto Foundation
+358 44 500 1257


Photos: Chair 41 “Paimio”, Alvar Aalto (1931).
Jyväskylä Workers Club, entrance hall,  Alvar Aalto (1924-25).
Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto -säätiö.