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Makers of Landscape and Aino Karilas awarded at Landscape Architecture Day

The Landscape Architecture Act of the Year and the Young Landscape Architect of the Year were awarded at Landscape Architecture Day on 14 October.
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Makers of Landscape book working group (from left) graphic designer Cleo Bade, landscape architects Aapo Pihkala, Emilia Weckman, Jyrki Sinkkilä and publishing editor Kati Saonegin. Photo: Annu Ahonen / Aalto University

Makers of Landscape, a book on landscape architecture, by Jyrki Sinkkilä, Aapo Pihkala and Emilia Weckman (Aalto ARTS Books, 2019)has been selected as The Landscape Architecture Act of the Year 2022. The Landscape Architecture Association MARK ry awarded the working group of the book at the Landscape Architecture Day on 14 October. The book is the first in Finland, maybe even in the world, to present the work of landscape architects and to tell what landscape architects do.

'Makers of Landscape is a great leap forward in raising awareness of landscape architecture. The book establishes the diverse professionalism and expertise of Finnish landscape architects and gives a good overview of the wide range of tasks in the field. The book does a commendable job in increasing understanding of landscape architecture, raising awareness of the field and inviting readers to delve deeper into the many things landscape architects can do and be. The book's interesting overview of the current state of our profession invites us to dream boldly about the future possibilities for landscape architects', the The Landscape Architecture Association MARK ry said in a press release.

Landscapre Architect, Aalto University alumna Aino Karilas was chosen as the Young Landscape Architect of the Year 2022. 'Karilas is known in our country as a pioneer of dynamic vegetation design. She has pioneered the diversity and new aesthetic expression of landscape architecture in urban environments. She is active in the field of urban biodiversity and ecological networks. Aino's open way of discussing and sharing information on different aspects of design is conducive to the development of landscape architecture in Finland. Her active contribution to the development of the field has also resulted in the book Dynamic Vegetation - Beautiful and Sustainable Biodiversity in Built Green Spaces', the award citation reads.

The Landscape Architecture Act of the Year is a project that promotes Finnish landscape architecture or landscape architecture culture. It can be a contribution to strengthening the potential of the sector, enhancing its prestige or increasing its visibility. By selecting the Young Landscape Architect of the Year, the Association of Landscape Architects wants to highlight young, talented and skilled young people. In particular, the award aims to encourage an open-minded, fresh approach to landscape architecture.

Maisema-arkkitehdit muokkaavat maisemaa. Kesäisessä kuvassa Flow-festivaalialueelta ihmiset viihtyvät ulkona ja telttakatoksissa.

Makers of Landscape (external link)

Landscape architects are constantly shaping our surroundings. They take care of the environment as a whole.

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The work of landscape architects can be seen everywhere

For 30 years already, it has been possible to study in Finland to become a landscape architect. The Degree Programme in Landscape Architecture at Aalto University will be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary from 7 to 11 October 2019.

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