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.
Taavi joined Archinfo Finland’s communications team in December 2020. His main responsibilities include social media and daily communication. The colleagues learned to know Taavi from his former position in the Finnish Association of Architects, an organisation next door, where he worked with communication – as a freelance journalist, he is still a regular contributor to their journal Arkkitehtiuutiset. Between these periods of architectural communication, Taavi has, in addition to his studies, worked as a content creator in a start-up company. Taavi spends his free time with a pen and a notepad, too, but instead of architects, he interviews rock artists, and Taavi himself is a passionate guitar player.
Laura, our communications intern during the spring and summer of 2021, is studying for a Master’s degree in both architecture and communication at the Tampere University. Laura is interested in the impact of high-quality design and built environment on the overall wellbeing of people. Cultural history and the social significance of architecture are also close to her heart. At Archinfo, Laura will work with the Finnish Architecture Navigator and the Biennale Architettura project, among other things. With a bright and enthusiastic approach, Laura enjoys creative DIY projects and learning new things. During her leisure time, she is involved in theatre at Tampereen Ylioppilasteatteri and plays the saxophone in the SMFBS band, formed by architectural students.
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 Taavi’s photo: Karolina Toivettula Location: Finlandia Hall