People

Anat Horowitz-Harel

Architect
Co-Founders of ABCity: Children&Urban Planning, Israel

Anat's bio

BArch from the Technion Institute of Technology, Israel (Cum Laude). Promotes planning policy and legislation, as a former representative at the National Planning and Building Council, and currently as a senior researcher at the Israeli Green Building Council. Shany and Anat are the representatives of the Israeli Association of Architects at the UIA WG Arch & Children. Both are the Co-Founders of ABCity: Children&Urban Planning, an initiative aiming to promote education for active civic involvement in urban planning.

Cristina Llorente

Architect
Arquitectives, Spain

Cristina's bio

Through the EMaC program, in which have already participated more than 5,000 students, Pablo Amor and Cristina Llorente introduce
architecture into the educational system, with the main
objective of initiating children and young people in the study of
the built environment. Besides, they design urban installations
oriented to vitalize the public space and impart university
courses and conferences related to the city, education and the
built environment. Within the field of planning, they coordinate
projects of participatory urbanism, oriented to employ
participation as a real tool of urban design. Since 2012, they are
the Spanish delegates of the UIA’s Architecture & Children
Work Program.

Entrepreneurial, energetic, tenacious and dreamy, Cristina Llorente finds in Built Environment Education a place to dump her best skills: by one hand, her experience in architectural studios, construction companies and public administration; by the other hand, her love for education, theatrical performance and writing. She has a degree in Architecture by the ETSA Barcelona and she has graduated in “City Government: Civil rights and public policy” by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She is the emotional half of the company, the illusion, the mind that never stops.


Isavella-Dimitra Karouti

Architect
Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, Greece

Isavella-Dimitra's bio

Isabella-Dimitra Karouti has been one of the first members of Arkki Greece, teaching in Arkki from 2016. She has been promoting educational play from very early to her studies in architecture, by exploring the spatial qualities of play and the practice of play in public spaces.

Isabella is creating urban games for all ages with or without the use of ICT and has already created games for  the European Mobility Week campaign, the Tsitsanis Museum, the municipal library of Trikala and the Ephorate of Antiquities. Some of these games have been presented in conferences in Greece. Besides teaching in Arkki,

Isabella-Dimitra is working at an educational organization with partners all over Europe. She is also preparing her master thesis related to museum education for children, to the Hellenic Open University in the Master program of Cultural Management. In her free time she loves to dance and she has been awarded in contemporary dance competitions in Italy and in Greece.


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Jaana Räsänen

Architect, Director
Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, Finland

Jaana's bio

Jaana Räsänen, M.Sc. (Architecture), is one of the pioneers of architecture education for children and youth in Finland and Arkki Finland Director since May 2019.

For more than 20 years she has been motivated by a desire to guide children and youth, and the adults working with them to realise the meaning of a pleasant environment and good architecture to people.
During her career, Jaana has shared her expertise on architecture education in diverse ways. She has worked as teacher and educator, lecturer and writer, producer and developer as well as adviser and promoter. She has worked at Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, and Archinfo, Architecture Information Centre Finland.

Jaana´s motto is: Open all your senses to the beauty of the everyday environment.


Kadri Klementi

Founder & teacher at Arhitektuurikool / School of Architecture
Arhitektuurikool , Estonia

Kadri's bio

Kadri Klementi (1984) is one of the founders of and a teacher
at Arhitektuurikool (School of Architecture) and a partner and an architect at b210.
Along with her colleagues, she has compiled the curriculum
and the content of architecture elective for high school students
and created an online architecture project for basic school (Arhitektuuri valikaine gümnaasiumile)
students . She has tutored architecture workshops in general (Loovtööprojekt Kooliruum) education schools and public institutions all over Estonia and
taught students who study to be teachers at universities. Kadri
has advised schools on how to plan renovation projects and
how to draw up a design brief for that. She has organised
workshops for school administration and teachers and for
pupils to explore their needs and wishes for a renovated school
building. In the past year, most of Kadri’s time has been
devoted to teaching at the Estonian Academy of Arts.


Magdalina Rajeva

Architect
Mobile School Stolipinovo, Bulgaria

Magdalina's bio

Born in Sofia (Bulgaria), Magdalina Rajeva received her Masters’ Degree in Architecture from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia. She runs her own architectural studio “ArchPoint” in Sofia with numerous projects in different fields – Interior Design, Residential, Public and Industrial Buildings. She is devoted to the idea of developing young people’s awareness of architecture, city and sustainable development. In 2011 she co- founded the Children Architectural Workshop, a non-profit organization, meant to inspire and emotionally engage children in architecture derived activities.
Representative of the Union of Architects in Bulgaria in the UIA working program `Architecture and Children` since 2014. Alternate UIA council member 2017-2020 (region II).


Minna Huotilainen

Professor, Researcher
University of Helsinki, Finland

Minna's bio
Professor of Educational Sciences Minna Huotilainen is a brain researcher at Helsinki University. She applies the latest findings of neuroscience to the questions of learning. In her books Näin aivot oppivat (This is how the brain learns) and “Tunne aivosi” (Know your brain) she emphasises the role of art and physical education both as a method and content of learning. She has been awarded with J. V. Snellman prize for her work of popularising brain research.

“My research, teaching and dissemination activities are aimed at making neuroscience serve educational sciences for further understanding of learning. Finnish education and research of education are among the best in the world – proud to be part of it.”


Niina Hummelin

Architect, Architecture Educator, Leading Pedagogue
Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, Finland

Niina's bio

Niina Hummelin is an architect, who graduated from Tampere University of Techonology. She worked in architectural offices from 1987 to 2002 and at Inkoo Visual Arts School (2005-2011).

Niina has been working in Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth since 2002. Her position at Arkki is the leading pedagogue and her field of work consists of developing the curriculum, teaching weekly architecture courses (ages 4-14 years), conducting workshops and administrative work.
She has been promoting architecture education widely in co-operation with other cultural organisations by organizing workshops and happenings.

Niina has also co-written several books about architecture education and lectures about the topic regularly. Her expertise include developing teaching materials, realising exhibitions and training school and kindergarten teachers. She has a vast experience in participatory planning projects in different scales.


Pablo Amor

Architect
Arquitectives, Spain

Pablo's bio

Pablo Amor is the reflexive half of the company Arquitectives with Cristina Llorente. Through the EMaC program, in which have already participated more than 5,000 students, they introduce
architecture into the educational system, with the main
objective of initiating children and young people in the study of
the built environment. Besides, they design urban installations
oriented to vitalize the public space and impart university
courses and conferences related to the city, education and the
built environment. Within the field of planning, they coordinate
projects of participatory urbanism, oriented to employ
participation as a real tool of urban design. Since 2012, they are
the Spanish delegates of the UIA’s Architecture & Children
Work Program.

Amor has a degree in Architecture by ETSA Valladolid and he has graduated in “Land management: planning, infrastructure and environment” by the UOC. He combines his work in Arquitectives with architectural projects and competitions in CMV Architects, based in Palma, Ho Chi Ming and Salvador de Bahia. Among his passions are urbanism and music. Among his surprising things: dj-sets in local and national alternative rooms. Among his skills: perseverance, patience and willingness for well done things.


Pihla Meskanen

Architect, CEO
Arkki International, Finland

Pihla's bio

Pihla Meskanen Pihla Meskanen is the CEO and Founder of Arkki Finland and Arkki International. She has been leading Arkki for 25 years, and developing the unique Arkki concept. 

Ms. Meskanen believes that phenomenal education through architecture and design is a powerful way to enhance creativity. Meskanen has written several books about creative education and taken part in writing the prestigious Finnish National Curriculum for Visual Arts and Architecture under the National Board of Education. Meskanen is a founding member and Chief of the Board of PLAYCE, an international association of architecture education.She has taught in several universities, published articles, and is a frequent speaker in conferences around the world related to architecture education. She has,  in addition, practiced architecture in her own office Architects Meskanen & Pursiainen from 1996 to 2008.

Her work in the field of creative education has been awarded multiple times in Finland with the Asko-Avonius Prize in 2018, the Building Information Foundation’s Pietilä Prize in 2004, the State Children’s Culture Award in 2005, and she was chosen the Art Educator of the Year in 2013. In 2018 the President of Finland conferred her the honor of  he Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland, awarded in recognition of her outstanding civilian conduct.


Shany Granek-Isbi

Architect
Co-Founders of ABCity: Children&Urban Planning, Israel

Shany's bio

BArch and MA from the school of architecture, Tel Aviv University, Israel (Cum Laude). Owner of SGI architects office. Lecturer at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, and former lecturer at the Tel Aviv University.


Suzanne de Laval

Architect, Co-Director
Arkitekturanalys sthlm AB, Sweden

Suzanne's bio

Suzanne de Laval, Architect, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, KTH 1977. Doctoral degree, PhD in Architecture: Design Methodology, KTH 1997. Have been practicing as architect in Uppsala for fifteen years and as planner in Uppsala local community for two years. Worked six years as Educational Manager for the architects in the biggest Swedish architectural company, Sweco. Since 2001 running a free-lance research business in Stockholm, Arkitekturanalys, working with R&D-projects concerning Built Environment Education, School-planning research and Post Occupancy Evaluation. Working on voluntary basis as chairperson in the working group, ARKiS, (Architecture in School) for Built Environment Education within the Swedish Association of Architects since 20 years. Co-Director of the UIA WP Architecture & Children representing the Nordic Countries.
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Teresa Winter

Architect, Head Teacher
Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth, Finland

Teresa's bio


Vibeke K. Hegg

Architect, Founder
Playuba PRO, Norway

Vibeke's bio

Vibeke K. Hegg has a Post-Graduate Diploma / M. Arch. in architecture from the University of Huddersfield in England. She lives and works in Oslo, Norway and the founder of Playuba PRO.
Since 2008 Vibeke has held architecture & design workshops with more than 9,500 children, students and teachers in Norway and Brazil. During this time she discovered that the elementary schools hardly had any teaching material for the compulsary subjects architecture, design and art. She felt there was a great need for a practical tool for creative processes.
Vibeke decided to develop a cardgame-based educational tool, which introduces design thinking and creative processes for education purposes. This work also rellates to the highlights of the upcomming new school-curriculum in Norway. Norway need the next generation to be innovative and able to “think outside the box”. The curriculum states that students must learn interdisciplinary cooperative problem solving. Playuba PRO is an engaging and playful tool for teachers to help them do this job.
The workshop “Playuba – design the future” is a fun way to experience design process in practice.