Public lecture by Juhani Pallasmaa

Nordic Perspectives lecture series 19 April 2016

One of the world’s leading scholars of architecture Juhani Pallasmaa is joining us as part of the international lecture series Nordic Perspectives with the lecture Architecture and the Nordic Condition. The lecture will promote the idea of the continuum and dialectics created by lived space and architecture, as seen through the characteristics that give rise to the identity of Nordic architecture.

When: Wednesday 19 April at 15.00 2016
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

The lecture is public and free of charge.

About Juhani Pallasmaa

Juhani Pallasmaa (born 1936) is internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s leading scholars of architecture. Pallasmaa has held professorships at several architecture schools in Finland and the United States, including five honorary doctorates. Since the early 1970s, he has taught and lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia, including more than 50 universities in the US and Canada.


Juhani Pallasmaa

Why? Because Pallasmaa through his writings and numerous academic engagements has offered a new perspective on architecture. A perspective that opens a wonderful window to our sensory and bodily engagement with architecture, as opposed to the formal criteria that modern and contemporary architecture is usually created upon and judged by.

Pallasmaa has published several books and numerous essays on philosophy, architecture and the arts in over thirty languages. Through highly recognised books like The Language of Wood (1978), The Eyes of the Skin (1996), The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture (2009) and The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture (2011), Pallasmaa has managed to express hidden values of architecture, qualities hard to explain in words, but nonetheless connected to the sensory apparatus as an inseparable part our engagement with architectural conception and experience.

Through his work, Pallasmaa has offered a critical standpoint towards modernity’s formal design approach and aesthetic narrow-mindedness, for the benefit of a deeper engagement with the multi-coloured layers of human imagination and skills.