Tehtaanmäki Design Webinar: Building as an Educator

How to create inspirational spaces for learning? What kind of a building is
Tehtaanmäki school, a building designed by the world-renowned architect Alvar
Aalto in 1938? Could it become a center of architecture and design education? 

Building as an Educator is a webinar on architecture and design education and inspiring learning environments. Experts’ presentations illustrate methods of Architecture & Design education and participatory design and explore inspiring learning environments. Tehtaanmäki school building and its heritage values are showcased
online. The webinar is for teachers, educators, developers, and others interested in the

Webinar is one of the many events on the Alvar Aalto week in Kouvola, Finland.

Building as an Educator 17th of August from 3 to 5 pm Finnish time = from 2 to 4 pm CET



3.00 Opening words & Aalto’s Tehtaanmäki School – a Cultural Heritage Building in Transition. Laura Lehtinen, RDI specialist, Project manager, Smart Cultural Villages project, Creative Industries Research Unit, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences.

3.15 Professor Kirsti Lonka, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Helsinki: “How to design engaging learning environments for the future? The perspective of educational psychology”

3.45 Dr. Marta Brković Dodig, Associate professor in architecture, Architecture programme, Union University Nikola Tesla, Belgrade, Serbia: “Buildings as educators: Creating pedagogically potent places through gameful participation”

4.15 Architect Pihla Meskanen, CEO, Arkki International: “Architecture education building bridges between science and art. Inspiring cases from Finland and abroad.”

4.30 Architect Charlotte Skene Catling, architecture practice Skene Catling de la Peña: “Siilo Dreaming — The AaltoSiilo & Rethinking the Restoration of Industrial Heritage”

4.45 Closing of the seminar


The schedule may be subject to change.


Tehtaanmäki school designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s. Photo Laura Lehtinen 2021.


Tehtaanmäki school in Inkeroinen, Kouvola, South-Eastern Finland was designed by Alvar Aalto for children as a modern learning environment. The school is a part of Aalto’s Tehtaanmäki residential area built for the employees of the Anjala Paper Mill in the 1930s. Aalto designed Anjala Paper Mill and the residential area. A new use for the school building is currently sought as school operations will end at Tehtaanmäki in 2024 with the reorganization of school network in Kouvola. The webinar is organized by South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences and the city of Kouvola and funded by Kymi 100 Foundation (Kymin 100-vuotissäätiö). Associate organizer Smart Cultural Villages Project, funded by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.






Is the future use in architecture and design education? How can the methods of architecture and design education be utilized in learning?


Tehtaanmäki school designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s. Photo Laura Lehtinen 2021.
Tehtaanmäki school designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s. Photo Laura Lehtinen 2021.