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NORDMAK, the Nordic further education course in architectural heritage, culminates with the Finnish programme – An open lecture at Aalto University on 9.2.2023.

Everyone is welcome to Aalto University’s Undergraduate Centre (old main building, B-Sali, Otakaari 1, Espoo) on 9.2.2023, 16:00–17:00, to listen to the Studia Generalia lecture held in English. The title of the public lecture by award-winning debut author Sanna Puutonen is “The return of the dropout – An author’s expedition to the built environment, what was found and why should anyone care?” Sanna Puutonen has a master’s degree from the University of Helsinki, where she studied comparative literature, and has also studied architecture at Aalto University.

The Nordic architectural heritage in focus

The three-year joint Nordic further education programme in architectural heritage NORDMAK will culminate in a public lecture in Finland on 9.2.2023, as part of the final period of the course for 4.–11.2.2023.

NORDMAK (Nordisk Master i Arkitektoniskt Kulturarv) is an international master’s programme, whose main organiser and degree grantor is the Aarhus School of Architecture (Arkitektskolen Aarhus) in Denmark. The other organisers are the Royal Institute of Art (Kungliga Kunsthögskolan) in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Oslo School of Architecture (Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo) in Norway. The training period in Finland is being jointly organised by Aalto University and the Alvar Aalto Academy (part of the Alvar Aalto Foundation).

“The architecture and history of the Nordic countries have a lot in common, but there are also differences. At NORDMAK, it’s exciting to get to know other Nordic colleagues and everything we know – and don’t know – about each other’s building heritage,” states postdoctoral researcher Laura Berger from Aalto University.

In 2021-2023, the course has consisted of four themed periods held in four countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The teaching period in Finland takes place on 4.–11.2.2023. The course participants are practicing architects and other experts in the field. Next NORDMAK course starts on September 2024.

“The themes of the Finnish training period deal with the importance and role of architecture in the Nordic welfare society, as well as issues regarding the protection, maintenance and future uses of modern architecture. In addition to the lectures, the course programme includes numerous visits to sites of local modern architecture, ranging from the Parliament House to the Paimio Sanatorium, as related to the themes of the programme,” explains Nina Heikkonen, programme manager at the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

The Alvar Aalto Foundation promotes the protection of cultural heritage and World Heritage related themes by actively working for the preservation of Alvar Aalto’s architecture, design works and built environments. The themes of the NORDMAK further education programme coordinated by the Alvar Aalto Academy are linked to questions and principles important to the Alvar Aalto Foundation. The close cooperation and communication between the Nordic network of experts are an important part of the development of training in the field.

More about the further education sessions:

Future event! Alvar Aalto Researchers’ Network Seminar: Whose Modernism? 14–15 June 2023, Jyväskylä


Further information:
Nina Heikkonen
Programme Manager, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Tel. +358 44 500 1257


University of Technology (1949, 1953-65), Main building, Helsinki. Photo Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.