Juhani Pallasmaa, PhD
Juhani Pallasmaa is an architect and professor emeritus. Pallasmaa practiced various areas of design from 1962 to 2012, holding positions such as Rector of the Finnish Institute of Industrial Design, Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology. He has held professorships in the USA and given workshops and lectures in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Pallasmaa has published nearly 50 books and 350 essays, and his writings have been translated into 30 languages. He is an honorary member of the SAFA, AIA, and RIBA, an Academician of the International Academy of Architecture and has received both Finnish and international awards as well as five Honorary Doctorates.
Body, Mind and Architecture – the mental essence of architecture
The lecture elaborates on the specific mental essence of architecture – a realm that is deeply biologically and culturally grounded. However, this perspective is neglected in both education and practise, as design is judged through formal terms. Today, biological sciences and neuroscience are opening doors for the understanding of our human nature. This research, combined with critical philosophical analyses, valorises the interaction of architecture and our mind, and reveals unexpected complexities of sensory perception, understanding and memory. Architecture not only guides our behaviour: it actually alters our brain.