Katarina took the helm of Archinfo Finland in June 2020 and began the process of directing the information centre towards even more extensive cooperation networks both in Finland and abroad. As an art historian, Katarina is especially intrigued by what architecture and art have in common. Formerly, she has worked in management, curation and expert roles with design, handicraft and visual arts, and she sees architecture as their continuum, as part of a larger whole in culture and society. During her career, Katarina has always striven for promoting Nordic cooperation, which owing to the common values and culture is natural to her, and she is inspired by all kinds of new openings. In her free time, Katarina navigates to her cottage in the Finnish archipelago in any weather and at any time of the year.
A specialist of architectural communication, Miina has been responsible for Archinfo’s communication since 2017. In addition to directing and producing communication, Miina acts as an expert in domestic and international joint ventures and as the secretary of the working group appointed by two ministries to prepare Finland’s new national architectural policy. The architect’s curious and devoted mind has directed her to parallel tracks from Helsinki to Paris and from building design via film staging to graphic design, writing and editorial work, and for a long time the red pen has been one of her dearest tools. In her free time Miina enjoys strolling in the nearby forest with her Australian Shepherd and dreams about summer and sailing trips in the magnificent Finnish archipelago.
Since 2018, the projects for the Biennale Architettura in Venice have taken a lion’s share of Sini’s working time. In addition to the exhibition in the Pavilion of Finland, she runs projects and events organised by Archinfo Finland and jointly with its partners, and in addition is the office floor’s eco-coordinator. A landscape architect and producer, she has versatile experience in working in the interfaces between architecture and urban culture and gets inspired by communal public spaces. In addition to her current work, Sini has been able to show her stronghold in understanding culture, landscape, space and its functionality also as Flow Festival’s landscape architect. A lover of concrete things, Sini wants to do work which is close to people and to counterbalance the continual work with charts she wishes to stick her head out and throw caution to the wind.
An expert in social advocacy, Eeva’s focus is on architecture policy and education. Before joining Archinfo Finland in 2019, Eeva worked as a regional arts consultant for architecture, architecture educator and cultural producer. Eeva has also been involved in advocacy in her spare time by developing and initiating events such as the urban living fair and the no-fly travel fair. Her key values include ecological and social sustainability. She enjoys to spend her time weeding, growing and preserving at her allotment cottage, listening to podcasts and entertaining friends.
Alongside preparing her Master’s degree of architecture at Aalto University, Akileia has joined our team for a five-month internship from autumn 2021 until the end of January. In her studies Akileia’s focus is on the history of architecture and its research. Her particular interest is in what can be learned from vernacular architecture in contemporary construction – history could provide solutions for tackling the climate emergency, among others. At Archinfo, Akileia works in particular with social media and daily communications tasks and provides content for the Finnish Architecture Navigator. Akileia’s favourite autumn activity is collecting mushrooms in the woods – but she is also happy at home reading books and painting or welcoming friends for tea or a glass of wine.
Since 2019, Heli has spent one day a week at Archinfo Finland, assisting the director in administrative issues and budgeting and taking care of invoices and HR tasks. The rest of the week she works for the Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices ATL next door. Heli has gained a long and versatile experience as a secretary and assistant both in the private sector and state administration. During her free time, Heli keeps herself busy working with layout and photography. Should she have time left for more, she enjoys genealogy and walks by the sea, and her camera and video camera will not stay unused even then. Lately, Heli has taken up sewing, but it is difficult for her to get things completed because her creative mind keeps on planning, and an almost completed effort could turn out to become something totally different.
Photos: Elina Simonen Location: Finlandia Hall, Alvar and Elissa Aalto 1971/1975
Akileia’s photo: Miina Jutila Location: Helsinki Energy Office Building, Alvar Aalto 1973