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Jyväskylä Workers´ Club (1924-25) is designed by Alvar Aalto in his early years. Photo Martti Kapanen, Alvar Aalto Museum.

3rd International Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar is to be held in Jyväskylä 9–10 June 2017. The seminar is focusing on the great question Why Aalto? The theme of the seminar prompts us to ponder from a variety of perspectives what Alvar Aalto means for today’s architecture. “What are the themes and values in Aalto´s design that contemporary architecture can learn from and be inspired by, and how is his architecture linked to the present day?” 

Public lecture by Professor, Architect Jenni Reuter on 10th June 2017 at 16:00 is free of charge.

The seminar is organized by the Alvar Aalto Academy / Alvar Aalto Foundation in collaboration with the City of Jyväskylä.



Friday 9 June 2017

12:30–15:00 WHY AALTO? – SESSION 1
Chair, Professor Markku Hedman
12:30–13:00 Opening of the seminar
13:00–14:00 Invited lecture, David Fixler, FAIA, LEED AP
14:00–14:30 Chiu Chen-Yu
14:30–15:00 Ari Hynynen
15:00–15:30 Coffee break

15:30–17:10 HERITAGE – SESSION 2
Moderator, Professor Olli-Paavo Koponen
15:30–15:50 Mihoko Ando
15:50–16:10 Laura Berger
16:10–16:30 Roula El Khouru Fayad
16:30–16:50 Gareth Griffiths
16:50–17:10 Francesca Piccolo
19:00–22:00 Evening party at the Alvar Aalto Museum

Saturday 10 June 2017

09:00–11:30 PROSPECTS – SESSION 3
Moderator, Professor Anna-Maija Ylimaula
09:00–09:30 Sofia Singler and Nicholas Ray
09:30–10:00 Eva Eylers
10:00–10:30 Coffee break
10:30–10:50 Jonathan Boelkins
10:50–11:10 Holger Hoffmann
11:10–11:30 Gianni Talamini
11:30–13:00 Lunch break

13:00–14:20 ATMOSPHERE – SESSION 4
Moderator, Professor Ari Hynynen
13:00–13:20 Eymen Homsi
13:20–13:40 Szymon Ruszczewski
13:40–14:00 Kristopher Steele
14:00–14:20 John Roberts
14:30–16:00 Coffee break and Säynätsalo Town Hall Workshop presentation
16:00–17:00 Public lecture – Invited lecturer, Professor, Architect Jenni Reuter
17:00 Closing of the seminar

The organizers reserve the right to alter the programme.

Seminar Jyväskylä Workers’ Club, Väinönkatu 7, 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
Evening party Alvar Aalto Museum, Alvar Aallon katu 7, 40600 Jyväskylä, Finland



Säynätsalo Town Hall Workshop – Modern Masterpiece in Contemporary Society 7–8 June 2017, Säynätsalo, Finland
The aim of the workshop is to provide new multi-discipline information and undertanding of the values and prerequisites for the use of the Säynätsalo Town Hall. Workshop consists of four themes: Public, Housing, Commercial and Environment. The working method of the workshop is framed around the process of preparing a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the site, prepared byt the Alvar Aalto Foundation.
More information about the Säynästalo Town Hall Workshop – Modern Masterpiece in Contemporary Society.

Guided tours on 9 June 2017, free of charge
9:00–11:00 Muuratsalo Experimental House
, guide Samuli Paitsola. A maximum of 20 participants can attend, in order of registration.
9:00–11:00 Jyväskylä University Campus area, guide Anne-Maija Malmisalo-Lensu. A maximum of 30 participants can attend, in order of registration.
Guided tours starts at 8:45 in front of the Jyväskylä University main building (Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä).
Please make the reservation for the guided tour until 31 May 2017 by sending e-mail to: academ(at)

Alvar Aalto architecture excursion, 11 June 2017 Jyväskylä–Helsinki
The excursion is a tour of Alvar Aalto’s architecture in the cities of Jyväskylä, Lahti, Espoo and Helsinki. A maximum of 40 participants can attend, and places will be sold in order of registration.

The organizers reserve the right to alter the programme.

Further information about the seminar and additional programme:

Read more from the press release.

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