ERA

Esa Ruskeepää Architects

Studio

Esa Ruskeepää is committed to delivering original designs for outstanding buildings. Together with a small group of dedicated professionals, he aspires to create architecture that is both elemental and universal.

The studio works on a few projects at a time, allowing appropriate time and attention for the development of balanced architectural concepts and precise construction details. The design work in all phases as well as all the detailing of execution is personally supervised by Esa Ruskeepää.

Approach

Architectural expression is constrained by a set of rules that makes buildings and cities legible. Like spoken languages, architecture has geographical boundaries of tradition, culture and climate. Architecture rarely needs a total reinvention, but rather continuous rediscovery and sometimes, under exceptional circumstances, possible refinement. Comparable in some sense to mathematics or musical notation, architectural logic is quintessentially abstract and symbolic.

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Biography

Esa Ruskeepää was born in Finland in 1980. He studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology in 2000–2007 and trained with, among others, Atelier Peter Zumthor in Haldenstein and OMA in New York. In 2012 Esa Ruskeepää opened his office in Helsinki. He has taught courses such as “Building Design” and “Basics and Theory of Architecture” at Aalto University in Helsinki since 2008. Esa Ruskeepää was awarded the Arts Promotion Centre of Finland State Artist Grant in 2009 and 2016–2018.

Recognition

2009, 2016–2018Arts Promotion Centre of Finland State Artist Grant, Helsinki, Finland
2010Bryggman Foundation Scholarship, Turku, Finland
2009Artist-in-Residence at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, US
2006Alvar Aalto Academy Scholarship, Jyväskylä, Finland

Teaching

2014–2015, 2017–2018Teacher in “Basics and Theory of Architecture” at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland
2008–2013Teacher in “Building Design” at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland

Public speaking

2019 May 17Speaker at “Kuri ja järjestys” international seminar (Arkkitehtipäivät 2019), Lasipalatsi, Helsinki, Finland
2016 Apr 7, 2018 Mar 15Speaker at “Contemporary Finnish Architecture” lecture series, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
2016 Jun 2–3Speaker at “Think, Design, Build” international conference, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2016 Apr 26Speaker at “Architekturpositionen” lecture series, Braunschweig University of Technology, Braunschweig, Germany
2015 Mar 25Speaker at “Emerging Architects from Finland” lecture series, Finnish Architecture Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Feb 7Speaker at “Contemporary Architecture” lecture series, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2008 Oct 3–4Speaker at “Futures” international seminar (Arkkitehtipäivät 2008), Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, Finland

Guest lectures

2018 Nov 1Guest lecturer at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Mar 20, 2018 Sep 25Guest lecturer in “Building Design” studio at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
2018 Apr 3Guest lecturer in “Emergent Design Methodologies” studio at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
2017 Jan 11Guest lecturer in “History and Theory of Architecture” studio at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Collaborators since 2012

Willem-Anne van Bolderen, Klemen Breitfuss, Antti Canth, Arnd Dewald, Jussi Eskelinen, Ariadna Ferrer, Zita Floret, Bertille Gosset, Tero Hirvonen, Matias Kotilainen, Signe Loe, Simon Mahringer, Sasu Marila, Elsa Mendoza, Thomas Miyauchi, Sanna Nordlander, Marlène Oberli, David Pfister, Andrei Poutanen, Nicola Prandini, Simon Richardus, Heini-Emilia Saari, Francesco Salvarani, Benjamin Schulman, André van Tulder, Rubén Tomás Verde, Lauri Virkola