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Alvar Aalto Symposium is an international forum for discussion on contemporary architecture. It is a triennial event, that brings professionals from around the world together to engage in current topics in architecture. The aim is to raise critical discussion about the artistic, social and technical challenges of contemporary architecture.

The 15th Alvar Aalto Symposium was broadcast 12-13th August from Jyväskylä, Finland around the world (no live-audience). The virtual event was organized by the Alvar Aalto Academy together with the City of Jyväskylä and other partners. The language of the two-day virtual event was English.


Virtual tickets only. Tickets, read more.



Additional programme

Guided tours to Aalto sites available, book your tickets here.

Main building of the University of Jyväskylä (Alvar Aalto 1951-71) is also the main venue of 15. Alvar Aalto Symposium. Photo Alvar Aalto Foundation / Maija Holma



Finland is easily accessible from all over the world. Many international airlines have regular flights to Helsinki, and Jyväskylä is easy to reach from there by plane, train or bus. The flight from Helsinki to Jyväskylä takes about 40 minutes, and the train or bus journey about 3 hours. Tikkakoski Airport/Jyväskylä is located only 20 min drive from the city centre, and trains and busses arrive right in the city centre at the public transport interchange. Notice possible regional COVID-19 travel recommendations and restrictions before travelling.

For more details on travelling, please see:
City of Jyväskylä
Visit Jyväskylä
Helsinki-Vantaa airport
Jyväskylä airport


Antti Ahlava, Professor Emergent Design Methodologies, Aalto University
Markku Hedman, Director General, Building Information Foundation
Timo Heikka, Vice President Stakeholder Relations, Stora Enso Oyj
Nina HeikkonenProgramme Manager, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Henna Helander, President, Finnish Association of Architects SAFA,
Petteri Kummala, Head of Information Services and Research, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Juhana Lahti, Finnish Heritage Agency, Senior Reseacher
Tommi Lindh, Managing Director, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Kaarina Löfström, Architect, Studio Kaarina Löfström
Katarina Siltavuori, Director, Archinfo Finland
Leila Strömberg, Head of Town Planning, City of Jyväskylä, City Architect


Further information

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

Aila Svenskberg, Communications; PRESS
Alvar Aalto Foundation
+358 40 659 1930