LECTURE: Alvar Aalto and the International Modern Movement

Lecture | April 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 104 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

image: Paimio Sanatorium designed by Alvar Aalto (Paimio, Finland: 1933)

Please join us for a lunchtime talk with Dr. Anna-Maija Ylimaula from the University of Oulu, Finland

About Alvar Aalto:

Alvar Aalto, one of Finland’s greatest architects, made modernist masterpieces with a human touch. A towering figure of Modernist architecture, Alvar Aalto began his career in the ‘20s in what was then the newly-independent nation of Finland, helping define the style and aesthetic reputation of the rising Scandinavian nation. Aalto’s architectural creations, as well as his lighting, furniture and glassware, were total works of art, often Expressionist in style, imbued with a keen awareness for those who would live and work inside. "God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it," he said. "Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper." His confidence wasn’t misplaced, at least as far as his fellow countrymen were concerned. In the mid-50s, Finnair would supposedly delay departing flights until the great Aalto was on board, who himself would delay arriving at the airport to bask in the attention. (From Dwell Magazine)

About Dr. Ylimaula

Dr. Ylimaula is a Professor in Architectural History and Restoration Studies and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Architecture at the University of Oulu, Finland. The focus of Dr. Ylimaula’s research is in the fields of historic preservation and restoration of modern architectural heritage. She has served as a member of the Finnish UNESCO Commission and is an active member of ICOMOS and DOCOMOMO.

Refreshments will be provided. This location is wheelchair accessible. All are welcome!

This talk has been organized by the MS/PhD Architecture and Building Science students @ UC Berkeley.