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Call for papers for the first Alvar Aalto Research Conference, March 12–14, 2012 Seinäjoki and Jyväskylä, Finland.

First Alvar Aalto Research Conference
March 12–14, 2012
Seinäjoki and Jyväskylä, Finland

Alvar Aalto Museum
Helsinki University of Technology
Tampere University of Technology
City of Seinäjoki

Call for Papers
It is proposed that the 2012 Conference will analyse the significance of Alvar Aalto and his
heritage from various angles and on various scales. There has been a wealth of general
studies on Aalto, as well as building monographs, but it is now time to take the next step in
researching his architecture and influence.

The seminar will be a multidisciplinary academic meeting, at which architects,
researchers, historians and others interested in the subject will be invited to present their
own academic contributions to the discourse on Aalto.

Abstracts are to be a maximum of 500 words. The deadline for submission of abstracts
is December 15, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 15, 2012. The
abstracts will be made available to all conference participants. Please note that no editorial
changes will be made. The official language of the conference is English.

Abstracts are to be submitted to

The Conference will be held in Seinäjoki Town Hall (designed by Alvar Aalto) on March 12
and 13, 2012, and on March 14 there will be an excursion to Alajärvi (town centre designed
by Alvar Aalto) and Jyväskylä, where it will be possible to explore the contents of the Aalto
archives, and visit the storage areas, and also to meet museum and archive personnel.

For further information, please contact Director of Alvar Aalto Museum, Dr. Susanna
Pettersson (

Organizing and academic committee:
Susanna Pettersson, Director, Alvar Aalto Museum
Aino Niskanen, Professor, Helsinki University of Technology
Ari Hynynen, Professor, Tampere University of Technology and City of Seinäjoki
Olli-Paavo Koponen, Professor, Tampere University of Technology

Dates to remember

  • October 2011: Call for papers
  • December 15, 2011: Deadline for abstracts
  • January 15, 2012: Notification of acceptance
  • March 12-14, 2012: Conference

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