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 Cambridge University (Clare Hall College) and Harvard GSD, as well as Head of Architecture Department at Aalto University. Ahlava has expertise in campus design, adaptive reuse, urban regeneration and artistic interdisciplinarity. His architecture office, helsinkizürich, located in Helsinki and Zürich, created international fame with smaller design projects such as Helsinki City Art Museum renovation and Hive nightclub and today works on larger scale urban design projects 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. His 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 third 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.