The Finlandia Prize for Architecture is awarded for the design or renovation design of an outstanding new building or building complex that has been completed within the past three years of each edition. The annual prize awarded by the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA was established in 2014.
The prize may be awarded either to a Finnish or foreign architect for a project designed for a location in Finland; or to a Finnish architect for a project designed for a location abroad.
The recipient of the Finlandia Prize for Architecture is chosen by a public figure who is a recognised expert in an area other than architecture. The winner is selected from among projects shortlisted by the Pre-Selection Jury.
The purpose of the prize is to promote the appreciation of high-quality architecture and to highlight the importance of architecture in generating cultural value and increasing well-being.
Finlandia Prize for Architecture winners:
2018 New Children’s Hospital by Sarc Architects and Architect Group Reino Koivula
selector: Helena Ranta, forensic orthodontist
2017 Aalto University Harald Herlin Learning Centre by NRT Architects
selector: Reijo Karhinen, President and CEO of OP Financial Group
2016 Rovaniemi Sports Arena Railo by APRT Architects
selector: Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister
2015 Wooden high-rise residential building Puukuokka by OOPEAA – Office for Peripheral Architecture
selector: Kaija Saariaho, composer
2014 Museum of the History of Polish Jews by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
selector: Sixten Korkman, Professor of Practics in Economics