Finnish Architect Juhani Pallasmaa to Speak March 9

Thursday, February 26 2009

Feb. 26, 2009

Written by Becca Johnson

MOSCOW, Idaho – Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa will speak at the University of Idaho Monday, March 9. His presentation, part of the College of Art and Architecture's ongoing lecture series in architecture and interior design, will take place at 5 p.m. in the Agricultural Sciences Building, room 106, 606 Rayburn Street in Moscow.

His discussion, “Thought and Form: Twelve themes in my work,” will focus on his intellectual and design response to 12 themes: continuous line, penetration, circle/arc, joint, touch, materiality and colour, scale, light, landscape, stairway, column and time. The presentation is free and open to the public.

"My writings on architecture arise from my design work as an architect and observations of buildings and life," noted Pallasmaa. "For me, making architecture and philosophizing on the essence of architectural phenomena are two parallel views to the same thing. I do not seek their causal relationships or interaction; I am rather interested in a dialectic opposition between the two, and I am essentially concerned with the mystery of human existence."

Pallasmaa runs his architectural office in Helsinki, Finland. He has been active in urban planning, architecture, exhibition, product and graphic design.

He has held many positions, including professor and dean at Helsinki University of Technology; director of the Museum of Finnish architecture; and rector of the Institute of Design in Helsinki. Pallasmaa has also held several visiting professorships in the U.S. and lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. Pallasmaa has published 24 books and more than 300 essays in 30 languages.

"Our department first introduces architecture and interior design students to Pallasmaa through readings of his work, "The Eyes of the Skin," during their freshmen year," said Miranda Anderson, assistant professor of interior design. “For many students, this transforms the way in which they view, interpret and design the built environment. It is a call for our visually dominated culture to consider and reinforce other senses in order to create more meaningful spaces, places and experiences. The content of the lecture expands upon these notions and his continued efforts to transform our relationship with our surroundings.”

The lecture is sponsored by the University of Idaho's Department of Architecture and Interior Design and the Washington State University School of Architecture and Construction Management. For more information, contact Anderson at or (208) 885-7492.

For more information about the College of Art and Architecture, visit, e-mail or call (208) 885-4409.
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