New architectural policy programme

apoli2020.The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of the Environment have appointed a working group to draw up a new architectural policy programme for Finland. The programme will address changes that have an impact on our future, consider how these could affect the built environment, and discuss how architecture may help improve the quality of our living environment. The programme will be published in October 2020.

Finland’s first architectural policy programme was published 20 years ago. It set out objectives for public measures that advance the development of architecture. While in recent years the programme has made progress at the local level, it has not been updated at the national level since 1998.

The architectural policy programme is set to be completed in October 2020. In addition to the working group meetings, the drafting phase will include expert lectures and workshops addressing broader themes. In its report, the working group will also draw attention to other ongoing reforms affecting the built environment, such as the new Land Use and Building Act, and any reports on similar programmes carried out in other countries.

The working group will look at how architecture could meet social challenges, including:

  • Sustainable development and life-cycle approach
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Equality, non-discrimination and inclusivity
  • Digitalisation, new technologies and innovative thinking
  • Demographic change, regional development and migration
  • Prominence, competitiveness and export of Finnish architecture
  • Cultural heritage and cultural tourism
  • Critique, theory and research of architecture
  • Architectural education and training

There are 21 full members in the working group, with a broad range of expertise in various aspects of the built environment. The working group will also consult other experts and engage stakeholders in the process. Archinfo will act as secretary to the working group.

Previous preparations

Before the working group was appointed, Archinfo Finland, the Finnish information centre for architecture, carried out a feasibility study on the guidelines for reforming the national policy. The work to draw up a new programme began in May 2019. The working group’s chair is Director General Riitta Kaivosoja from the Ministry of Education and Culture and the vice chairs are Senior Ministerial Adviser Petra Havu from the Ministry of Education and Culture and Senior Architect Harri Hakaste from the Ministry of the Environment.


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