May 31, 2017

Finnish architectural firm wins prize in US

OOPEAA founder and director Anssi Lassila will visit Houston in September to accept the accolade and give a lecture.
OOPEAA founder and director Anssi Lassila will visit Houston in September to accept the accolade and give a lecture.
Pekka Turunen

Finnish firm OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture has been named the recipient of the Spotlight Prize 2017.

The Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) Prize celebrates the work of emerging architects worldwide, who have been working for a maximum of 15 years. This is the ninth time the prize has been awarded.

The Kärsämäki Shingle Church.

The Kärsämäki Shingle Church.

Rice Design Alliance

OOPEAA’s founder and director Anssi Lassila will visit the US to accept the accolade and give a lecture in September. Based in the city of Seinäjoki, the firm first found international recognition from its design of the Kärsämäki Shingle Church in 2004.

“His architecture displays an interest in combining a sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques,” the Rice Design Alliance writes. “Lassila has extensive experience in working with wood in architecture. In his approach he emphasises the potential embedded in exploring new methods and techniques as a means of developing new solutions in building.”

The Rice Design Alliance is a non-profit organisation formed within the Rice School of Architecture in 1972 in the US city of Houston.

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