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The event is organized by the Alvar Aalto Academy / Alvar Aalto Foundation together with the City of Jyväskylä and numerous other partners. Alvar Aalto Symposium offers a great opportunity to gain visibility among your target audiences.

If your organization is interested in cooperating with Alvar Aalto Symposium, please contact us.

Nina Heikkonen
Alvar Aalto Academy / Alvar Aalto Foundation
+358 44 500 1257


City of Jyväskylä

With its population of over 140 000, Jyväskylä is a bold and appealing city located in the heart of Finnish Lakeland. Jyväskylä is well known as a lively student city with a strong sports culture as well as a venue for a wide variety of events. In this resource-wise capital city of Alvar Aalto’s architecture, the pulse of the city and the proximity of nature combine in a manner rarely encountered.

Academy of Finland
Strategic Research Council (SRC)

The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland funds high-quality research that has great societal impact. The research consortia funded by the SRC should seek to find concrete solutions to grand challenges that require multidisciplinary approaches. An important element of such research is active and ongoing collaboration between those who produce new knowledge and those who use it. Three SRC consortia contributing to the 14th Alvar Aalto Symposium; Dwellers in Agile Cities (DAC), Urbanisation, mobilities and immigration (URMI) and Beyond MALPE coordination: integrative envisioning (BEMINE), are funded under the programm Urbanising Society. Research under this theme is aimed at increasing understanding of urbanisation and its impacts on the interaction between cities and regions and on the vitality of regions.

Dwellers in Agile Cities project (DAC) recognizes future living needs and creates solutions for improving social urban development, with particular interest on experiments and innovation, new partnership formations, hybrid housing solutions and flexible ideas about collaboration. Through local experimental cases, DAC identifies novel opportunities to increase the possibilities of dwellers to use the city as a resource for their needs, businesses and activities. The cases are translated into flexible practices that are scalable and applicable more widely in the society.

The research project Urbanization, Mobilities and Immigration (URMI) analyzes the drivers and future paths of urbanization, the promotion of urban sustainability and resource
efficiency, and the impact of immigration on urbanization, especially in the largest urban regions in Finland. Mobilities and immigration are themes that cut through all URMI’s multidisciplinary research activities. URMI tackles the research themes utilizing quantitative, qualitative, participatory and foresight methods.

Beyond MALPE-coordination: Integrative Envisioning (BEMINE) aims to develop city region planning towards more integrative and sustainable direction. It provides new knowledge about Finnish urbanization processes, and develops models and tools for strategic and integrative development of city regions together with multiple stakeholders. The goal is to find answers to questions what is the role of informal agreement-based processes in tomorrow’s planning system and what are the roles of governance, cooperation networks and citizens in creating sustainable city regions.


The building information promotes high quality construction methods by providing reliable information and tools for infrastructure, construction and property management. Information products and tools cover the entire life cycle of construction from planning to maintenance.

The Building Information Ltd is owned by The Building Information Foundation RTS sr which is a private, non-profitmaking Foundation whose task is to foster both good planning and building methods and good property management practices. The Foundation and its activities are directed by a Board and an Assembly that represents the entire building and construction industry through 54 associations and organisations.

Archinfo Finland

Archinfo Finland makes Finnish architecture visible and known in Finland and abroad. It is an agile collaboration and intermediary organisation in the field of architecture. Through its activities the centre increases the social impact of architecture. Archinfo Finland is one of the eight information centres in the arts supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The centre was established by five key architecture organisations in Finland: the Finnish Association of Architects, Foundation for the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices, Building Information Foundation and Alvar Aalto Foundation.


YIT is the largest Finnish and significant North European construction company. We develop and build apartments, business premises and entire areas. We are also specialised in demanding infrastructure construction and paving. Together with our customers our 10,000 professionals are creating more functional, more attractive and more sustainable cities and environments. We work in 11 countries: Finland, Russia, Scandinavia, the Baltic States, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. The new YIT was born when over 100-year-old YIT Corporation and Lemminkäinen Corporation merged on February 1, 2018. Our pro forma revenue for 2017 was over EUR 3.8 billion. YIT Corporation’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Oy.

Talli Architecture & Design Ltd

Talli Architecture and Design Ltd is a Helsinki-based, middle-sized Finnish architecture and design office. Its three partners, architects Pia Ilonen and Minna Lukander, and interior designer Martti Lukander and the rest of the 15 architects and designers form a cooperative and communicative, open-minded and ambititious team.
The office was established in 1995 for the Lasipalatsi restoration project. Since then the focus of the office has been on several renovation and change-of-use projects of high-profile Finnish public buildings. Alvar Aalto´s architecture became very familiar to the office during the years 1999-2017 when Talli led the conservation and transformation projects of Finlandia Hall. The commissions for restoring Alvar Aalto´s architectural heritage are now continuing in the administrative and cultural centres of the cities of Seinäjoki and Rovaniemi.
The other focus of the Talli team is to diversify the Finnish housing market by initiating of innovative housing concepts. The raw-space concept, where the inhabitants can create and build their own homes within a block of flats, has met with wide interest internationally, too.
Talli team has been invited to Venice in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – Biennale Architettura 2018 – Freespace.

Finlandia Hotel Alba

Finlandia Hotel Alba is a private three-star hotel in Jyväskylä.  We produce hotel and restaurant services and put our heart into it.  We are located by the beautiful Jyväsjärvi lake and Mattilanniemi campus and park area.  Alvar Aalto museum, Jyväskylä university and the Jyväskylä city center are in a walking distance from us.  Over 40,000 travelers visit us annually and they have appreciated our delicious food,  good night sleep and friendly service  We hope to see you soon at Finlandia Hotel Alba

Alvar Aalto Society

In cooperation with the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, the Alvar Aalto Society has locally, nationally and internationally sought to cherish Alvar Aalto´s architectural heritage and his visual art and promote reasearch into them by organizing exhibitions, lectures and discussions and by carrying out various publishing activities.

Åbergin Linja Bus Travel

Åbergin Linja is a family owned company, operating in Southern Finland.
The service offering includes airport, hotel and conference transfers, shuttle buses and sightseeing.
The fleet consists of more than 20 versatile vehicles for your group to choose from.

The friendly service is a natural part of company´s ISO 9001 certificate, and as a part of the ISO 14001
environmental management system Åbergin Linja invests in environmentally friendly busses.