At the moment I'm working on building design, spatial art and the optimization of use. I am a proud member of Group X at the Department of Architecture, pushing architecture over its conventional boundaries further.
Earlier and now: Helsinki Zürich Office Ltd, partner and consultant in architectural design: building design and urban design, as a secondary job.
Antti Ahlava M.Arch (TKK) SAFA DA (TAIK) FRSA
Ahlava has taught urban design and architecture at Aalto University and has been a Visiting professor in Architectural Design at Århus School of Architecture, Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen and TU Vienna and collaborated also with the architecture schools of UCLA, MIT, Columbia, Yale, Keio and Tokio. He was recently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Donghua Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation.
Ahlava has participated research projects on sustainable urban development, infill building and the management of urban development. He has lectured in Estonia, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Greece, India, China and USA.
Ahlava's publications include articles and books published by Taylor & Francis, The Finnish Architectural Review, Intern, Ehituskunst, Maja and the The Finnish Building Information Society. His design work has been featured in several architectural exhibitions. Ahlava has been a jury member in many international architectural competitions in Estonia and Finland and has been a member of architectural specialist boards in Tallinn, Estonia and Eskilstuna, Sweden.
helsinkizurich has special expertise in spatial programming, urban cultures, interdisciplinarity and the consumer sociology of architecture. We have created international fame with smaller design projects too such as Helsinki City Art Museum renovation and Hive nightclub in Zürich. We have been closely integrated with university research at Aalto and ETHZ and have turned innovative development into creative practice and groundbreaking projects. At the moment we have commissions in Finland, Switzerland, Germany and China.
Ahlava is a certified designer both in urban and building architecture. Ahlava's current projects at helsinkizurich include large scale urban development projects such as Aviapolis Centre, a mixed use complex at Helsinki Vantaa airport, as well as the revitalization of ABB Strömberg Park in Vaasa.
Ahlava's earlier commissions in urban design and planning include Munktellstaden housing development in Sweden, Infill models for the City of Helsinki and the urban design of Helsinki City Hall quartiers. His past design and architecture projects include Link-it Technology Culture Centre with Kivi Sotamaa, several exhibition architecture designs, a prefabricated system for summer cottages and industrial and office renovations. Ahlava has won first prize in Nördlich des Werkskanals competition in Germany in 2014, Andermatt station international competition in 2012 and Espoo City Hospital competition with K2S Architects in 2009. He won recently the third prize in Katara Hilld housing competition in Doha, Qatar.