Professor candidates of contemporary architecture to give venia legendi lectures
Jaan Kuusemets, Pekka Pakkanen and Emil Urbel were invited to the final stage of the competition of professor of contemporary architecture at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech). Candidates will hold public venia legendi lectures on October 24.
„The quality of the competition was very high; we had eleven applications a.o. from Chile, Netherlands, Switzerland and Finland. The three top candidates are distinguished architects with long lists of competition winning entries,“ said Kimmo Lylykangas, Director of TalTech Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies.
The following are candidates for the position of Professor of Contemporary Architecture:
Jaan Kuusemets (born 1979) is Estonian architect (Chartered/Principal Architect level 8), who graduated with a Master degree in Architecture in Brandenburg University of Technology in 2012. He is chief architect, partner and CEO of Tallinn-based practice Dagopen OÜ (2010–), working in international partnership. Kuusemets has received 15 awards in architecture competitions, of which seven are first prizes. He has designed several large public buildings a.o. the New Headquarters of the European IT Agency (Tallinn 2016) and the new building for Kaubamaja (Tallinn 2017). In 2019 his team has won the architecture competition of the New Viljandi hospital and health centre and the competition of a new hotel complex in Kalasadama, Tallinn. Kuusemets has worked as lecturer at Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies in TalTech since 2014. He has been the programme director of the study programme “Architecture” since 2017.
Pekka Pakkanen (born 1969) is Finnish architect and partner in the practice Planetary Architecture Research Studio. After taking a Master Degree in Architecture in Helsinki University of Technology (1998), Pakkanen has worked in several distinguished practices such as Atelier Peter Zumthor (2002–03) and JKMM Architects (2004–05). In 2007–2018 he worked as a partner in Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects, and was the chief designer in several widely-published projects, a.o. Allas Sea Pool in Helsinki (2017) and Serlachius Art Museum extension Gösta (2014) in Mänttä. In the team of Moreau-Kusunoki Architects he received the first prize in the open international architecture competition on Guggenheim Helsinki art museum in 2017. Pakkanen has been teaching at the Department of Architecture in Helsinki University of Technology (today Aalto University) since year 2000.
Emil Urbel (born 1959) is Estonian architect (Chartered/Principal Architect level 8), who graduated with a Master degree in Architecture in Estonian Academy of Arts in 1982. Since 2000 he has been a partner in Emil Urbel Architects OÜ. He has designed a large number of residential buildings, schools and educational buildings, a.o. Rocca Al Mare School (2000) and Kindergarten and elementary school in Viimsi (2009). Urbel has received several awards for his buildings and numerous prizes in architecture competitions, including several first prizes. His works are widely published and they have been featured in exhibitions also abroad. Urbel has been teaching architecture as lecturer in Estonian Academy of Arts (1995–2000), Tallinn Technical College Department of Architecture (2000–2005) and as docent at Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies in TalTech since 2012. Urbel has memberships in many professional organisations; a.o. in the Executive Board of Estonian Association of Architects (EAA) and the board of the Kreis Family Foundation.
Venia legendi public lectures on the 24th of October at the Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies Roof studio (5th floor) (Tõnismägi 14)
- 09:00 lecture by Jaan Kuusemets 20 min +questions
- 09:45 lecture by Pekka Pakkanen 20 min +questions
- 10:30 lecture by Emil Urbel 20 min +questions
In January 2019, Tallinn University of Technology announced a competition to find a professor of contemporary architecture. Candidates for the final round were evaluated by international experts. Top three candidates were invited to venia legendi. Expectedly, the Senate of the University of Technology will elect a tenure professor in November.
Tenure is an academic status of a professor without a term. A tenure professor is an internationally recognised researcher or creative person, an independent researcher and an academic leader in his/her field. The professor is expected to organise and conduct research in all areas of higher education in its research area, direct research, development or other creative activities and effectively supervise students and academic staff engaged in these activities. A tenure-based career model got started at the University on 01.01.2017.