NewSchool Guest Lecturer, Finnish Architect Juhani Pallasmaa, Profiled in Dwell Magazine

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Juhani Pallasmaa, a world-renowned Finnish architect who visited NewSchool in 2014 to participate in the university’s lecture series, was recently featured in Dwell Magazine. In the article — drawn from the reporter’s interview with the architect just prior to his NewSchool lecture — Pallasmaa discusses challenges for today’s emerging architects; his feelings about San Diego’s Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute; and provides insight about city skylines and architectural integrity, among other topics.

As an architect, educator, and critic, Pallasmaa, Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA, is a leading international figure in contemporary architecture, design, and art culture. The 1999 recipient of the International Union of Architects’Jean Tschumi Prize for architectural criticism, Pallasmaa has written and lectured extensively throughout the world for more than 40 years on architecture and the visual arts, on environmental psychology, and on cultural philosophy. Since 2008, he has served on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.

The NewSchool lecture series brings inspiring and innovative designers and architects from around the world to campus as part of the school’s mission to enhance global design education opportunities for its students and the community. During his time at NewSchool, Pallasmaa led two lectures, “Hand and Symbol: A Dialogue Between Architecture and the Science of the Brain,” as well as “Landscapes of Architectural Education: Architecture, Knowledge and Existential Wisdom.”

For some memorable quotes from his lecture, visit Upcoming programs in the NewSchool lecture series can also be found at

Read the full interview here.

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