PechaKucha Night

Bio Rex, Mannerheimintie 22–24.


PechaKucha Night at the university of Helsinki in February 2013. © Ville Malja

Helsinki PechaKucha Nights bring local and international creative talent to the stage. The aim is to let creative people share theirideas, inspirations and visions with the world in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.

The speakers are Annica Eklund (Founding partner, Bolon), Designer Robert Bronwasser (SMOOL), Lighting designer Dean Skira (founder, Skira), Architect Inari Virkkala (South of North), Designer & Artist Tobias Revell, Creative Director Enlain Hooi (MDTT), Tapio Rosenius (Director, Lighting Design Collective), Urban Designer Martin West and Interior Architect and Designer Yrjö Wiherheimo.

This PechaKucha Night is a part of the Architecture day in BioRex. The event will be held in English.

Tickets 20/10€ (+service fee) from Tiketti.


Martin West describes himself as a generalist. He generalises across design at many scales. He began his career with an apprenticeship in engineering, spent 12 years as a special effects model maker, then stumbled is way
through Architecture and Urbanism.  Alongside his partner Carolin Mertens, he is now a Partner in Syndicate West, a community-centric practice working from a home-studio in East London. Martin is also currently on a master's
program at Cambridge University developing a thesis centred around 'Learning to Learn through Feedback'.

Inari Virkkala is a young Finnish architect, who specializes on on the social impacts of built environment. A recent physical outcome of that interest is the Kouk Khleang Youth Center in Cambodia, designed and built together with the working group Komitu Architects. Currently Virkkala is working on the South of North exhibition, "Kaupunki Uusiksi" tv-series and the "Social Structure" research project on international design offices focusing on social impact architecture. Virkkala was recently elected to the board of the Architecture Sans Frontières International.

Tapio Rosenius is the founder and design director of Lighting Design Col­lective. (LDC) The company is based in three studios in Europe (Madrid, London & Helsinki) and operates globally with a network of collaborators stretching from Miami to Mexico and Hong Kong to Helsinki. LDC specializes in customized architectural lighting solutions and light art with a uniquely integrated portfolio covering cutting-edge services such as digital content creation, software development and design strategies. Originally from Finland, Tapio worked in Great Britain from 1998 until 2009 when he founded LDC.  He is a designer and an artist with over hundred com­pleted projects in 23 countries in the Europe, Africa, Asia and Middle East. His work with light has been recognized in numerous awards from the fields of lighting design, architecture and art. Tapio holds a Master of Science in Light & Lighting degree from UCL Bart­lett University, London and a Medianomi in Lighting Design from Tampere School of Arts and Communication, Fin­land. He regularly lectures at universities, trade faires and professional confer­ences about lighting design for the built environment. He has served as a Guest Academic Director of Advanced Lighting Design at ETSAM University in Madrid. Tapio is married with two children and lives in Madrid, Spain.

Annica Eklund, CEO at Bolon, started her career with horses and worked as a professional show-jumper until her mid-twenties when she joined the family business Bolon. In 2003, Annica took over the company together with her sister Marie Eklund and directed the business towards a global, design-driven flooring company.

Tobias Revell is a critical designer and futurist talking and exhibiting worldwide, a lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the London College of Communication, a senior associate at design studio Superflux and a researcher with Arup’s Foresight group. His practice looks at alternative narratives for technologies and changes in contemporary society. He has exhibited at Ars Electronica, the Science Gallery in Dublin, Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium, the Milan Design Week and HMKV Dortmund. He's currently a HIAP artist in residence in Helsinki in collaboration with the British Council.

Antti Ahlava is an architect and partner at Helsinki Zurich Office Ltd (helsinkizurich), located in Helsinki, Finland and Zurich, Switzerland. Antti's work ranges from interior design to urban development and he has won several prizes in national and international architectural competitions. Ahlava is also Head of the Department of Architecture and Professor of Emergent Design Methodologies at Aalto University, Helsinki. He has been a visiting professor in Architectural Design at Århus School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Arts and TU Vienna and taught also for the architecture schools of Harvard GSD, MIT, Columbia, Yale, Keio and Tokio. Antti has special interest in the culture of sharing, spatial programming, urban cultures, interdisciplinarity and the consumer sociology of architecture. helsinkizurich has been closely integrated with university research at Aalto and ETHZ and have turned the innovative development at these institutions into creative practice and groundbreaking projects. At the moment helsinkizurich has commissions in Finland, Switzerland, China and Qatar.

Dean Skira is the founder of SKIRA, architectural lighting design practice based in Pula, Croatia. In 1986 he went to study lighting design and interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technologies in New York, USA. He continued his professional career in Croatia in 1995. Dean is professional member of IES Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, PLDA Professional Lighting Designer’s Association Europe, HDD Croatian Designers Society and HDR Croatian Lighting Association. His role in the international field of illumination has been confirmed by many awards and publications and his works have appeared in the most reliable architectural and lighting design magazines.

Robert Bronwasser (born 1968) graduated from the Technical University of Delft in 1992 with a degree in Industrial Design. In 2002 he founded SMOOL, a design agency with a personal approach and based on his clear vision on product design. The combination of creativity, design experience and knowledge of production techniques has led to a wide range of succesfull products for design-oriented companies and marketing-driven multinationals.

Yrjo Wiherheimo is a free Helsinki-based interior designer, designer and professor emeritus of Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. He lives and works together with textile artist Kristina Wiherheimo. They design and put into practice free works of art, textiles, furniture, lamps, practical items, buildings and spaces.

Enlai Hooi is the creative director of MDT-tex. The company designs and manufactures high-end tensile membrane structures and technical parasols as well as architectural projects and food service design. Enlai has worked in the fields of industrial design, lighting design, furniture and architecture and was the recipient of the Young Designer of the Year Award (Australia 2000). In the past, Enlai has worked for Arup (UK), Space Group (NO) and UN Studio (NL), and has taught industrial design, interior design and architecture at Melbourne University, RMIT University, Monash University and Swinburne University in Australia. In his current position he works with architects, industrial designers and engineers to deliver projects that utilise tensile membranes in the urban realm, at the nexus between landscape and buildings. Enlai will be presenting a talk entitled 'The Art of Creating Life Outdoors' which negotiates the contradictions between emerging lifestyle choices and climatic instability.

The event is supported by Metro and Bolon.