Annular Further – Finland – Timber Engineering, Materials and Architecture
University and other state funded research – II
Research in University based Architectural Schools
Alongside the introductory overview, these pages introduce the three Finnish architecture schools, their departments and specialities in the context of timber, and provide a brief overview of research occurring within each.
Wood related research in the academy plays a disproportionate role in Finland compared to most European countries. These include architecture and engineering schools and departments, through to chemistry, wood technology, and in the last decade a wholesale emphasis on bioeconomy related research. This is often in partnership with the wider forest industries, the pivot towards the government’s National Forest and Finnish bioeconomy strategies is most evident in the cross-disciplinary focus found across various parts of Helsinki’s Aalto University.
There are three architecture schools in Finland, at Aalto University (previously Helsinki University of Technology), Tampere and Oulu, the last laying claim to being the most northern latitude architecture school on the planet. Unsurprisingly each includes a focus on wood related studies and research: