Antti Ahlava, architect SAFA, is full professor in Emergent Design Methodologies and leader of Group X at Aalto University and has been a visiting professor in Århus, Copenhagen and Vienna. He was recently a visiting fellow at Harvard GSD and Head of Architecture Department at Aalto University. Ahlava has expertise in urban cultures and interdisciplinarity. His architecture office, helsinkizürich, located in Helsinki and Zürich, has expertise in urban cultures and interdisciplinarity. It created international fame with smaller design projects such as Helsinki City Art Museum renovation and Hive nightclub and today works on larger scale urban developments in Finland, Central Europe and China. Ahlava's current design projects include Aviapolis Centre at Helsinki Vantaa airport and the urban renewal of Espoo and Finnoo centres. Ahlava's earlier commissions include Munktellstaden housing development in Eskilstuna, Sweden, infill for the City of Helsinki and the urban design of Helsinki City Hall quartiers.
Ahlava won first prize in Andermatt city centre competition and in Espoo City Hospital competition (with K2S Architects) and second prize in Katara Hills competition in Qatar. He received a honorable mention in Helsinki Guggenheim competition. Ahlava’s work was recently exhibited in Milan Design Week 2016.