Taru Niskanen has worked extensively in architecture from urban planning to building design. Since 2009 Niskanen has been teaching at Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture on Interplay of Cultures master’s level courses. Taru has supervised student projects connected to real-life cases in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Ghana.
Since 2004 Taru has worked full time in various architectural offices in Helsinki. As a project architect, she has worked on highly demanding and long-lasting projects.In particularly, she has been involved in walkability and public life studies as well as projects connected to public transportation. She has successfully participated in numerous architectural competitions as a member of various design teams. International experience has deepened her interest in the challenges of rapid urbanization in the Global cities.
Taru is a PhD candidate in the WiTLAB research team, and her research topic is BY FOOT, ON FOOT: Pedestrian experience as part of the sustainable urban planning for the world’s majority.