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Tue 10.09.2012

Building Great Schools: Finland to New York


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, ARCHTOBER 9

Where: At The Center   

How does one design a school building for almost 800 kids, 6-16 years in age, speaking more than 30 different mother tongues, and representing several different religions? The school in question is the Kirkkojärvi School, located in Espoo, Finland, just outside of Helsinki. The key to this project was client/architect collaboration. Ilkka Salminen, Partner at Verstas Architects will present the project along with the school’s principal, Kari Louhivuori, showing how the architects have designed the school together with the client.

A New York City client/architect team from the newly completed New Settlement Community Campus will compare the experience of building great schools in collaboration. The New Settlement Community Campus complex is the result of a partnership between a leading non-profit, Settlement Housing Fund, and the NYC School Construction Authority. The facility includes three schools for a total of 1000 students as well as a community center with a 25 yard pool, dance studio and outdoor classroom.

Kirkkojärvi School, City of Espoo, Finland
ClientMr. Kari Louhivuori, Principal, the Kirkkojärvi School
ArchitectIlkka Salminen, Partner, Verstas Architects

New Settlement Community Campus, New York, NY
Ms. E. Bruce Barrett, AIA, NYC School Construction Authority and Ms. Carol Lamberg, Settlement Housing Fund
ArchitectJeff Dugan, AIA, Dattner Architects and Andrew Knox, AIA, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects

Moderator: Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Helpern Architects, and 2011 President of the AIA New York Chapter

Cost: free for AIA members; $10 non-members.

A program of the exhibition The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century, on view at the Center for Architecture October 1st to October 31st, 2012.

The exhibition and related programs are organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, and the Consulate General of Finland in New York.


A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012.


Opening Reception for The Edgeless School
Monday, October 1st, 2012, 6-8pm
Also opening, The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century. The Best School in the World exhibition is produced and organized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The New York presentation and related events are part of the New Finnish Design CITY campaign, produced by the Consulate General of Finland and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.

Guided Exhibition Tours@theCenter
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6-7:30pm: The Edgeless School & The Best School
Friday, November 16, 2012, 12-1pm: The Edgeless School & Building Connections
Monday, January 7, 2013, 6-7:30pm: The Edgeless School & Building Connections

Building Great Schools: Finland to New York
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6-8pm

Spaces for Learning
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6pm
Steelcase, 4 Columbus Circle

Nurturing Minds: Educational Design Policies, Finland/New York
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6-8pm

CAt: A Japanese Lesson for Progressive School Design
Monday, October 29, 2012, 6-8pm
Organized by the AIANY Architecture for Education Committee. With support from Okomura Corporation, Japan; TOTO USA; The Japan Foundation Center For Global Partnership.

Making a School: Principals and Architects in Conversation
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6-8pm
With support from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

FamilyDay@theCenter: Design a School of the Future
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm

Outside the Classroom: Design for Experiential Learning
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6-8pm

Guided exhibition tour
Friday, November 16, 2012, 12-1pm

The School Building as Community Center: Policies, Paradigms, and Challenges
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6-8pm

Learning Environments for Special Needs: Places that Comfort and Challenge
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 6-8pm

Adapting Historic Schools for 21st Century Learning
Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6-8pm

The Edgeless School: Designing for Learning in the Digital Age Symposium
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11am-5pm

StudentDay@theCenter: Exhibition School Programs
1-Hour Guided Tour or 2-Hour Tour & Workshop for School Groups (Grades 3-12)
Available for booking through January 19


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