The panel selected to judge the entries submitted to the Elielinaukio Architectural Competition gained a new esteemed member in January, when the contestants chose Professor Pentti Kareoja from Aalto University to act as an architectural expert on the panel. Professor Kareoja has helped to judge more than 30 architectural competitions and won numerous national and international awards for his contribution to architecture.
He is the last expert to join the panel already boasting a wide range of expertise and solid experience. Professor Cino Zucchi from Italy is the panel’s international expert who not only represents the global architectural community but is also very familiar with the urban design of Helsinki. The Finnish Association of Landscape Architects’ nominee, Mirjam Larinkari, brings a valuable contribution with her expertise in public spaces, which naturally play a key role in the design of what is effectively the heart of Helsinki. The other members of the panel are urban planning experts appointed by the City of Helsinki as well as a representatives of the development company Elielinaukion kehitys Ltd. The panel is chaired by the City of Helsinki’s Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment Anni Sinnemäki.
The panel also has access to a range of independent experts who can be consulted on specific aspects of the contestants’ designs. The public will be able to voice their opinions through a survey that will be launched as soon as the competition entries are in. The panel will review the feedback and evaluate whether any of the public’s ideas and suggestions can be incorporated into the project.
The central location and cultural and historical significance of the competition area make for a challenging job for both the contestants and the judges, but having a panel with such a wealth of knowledge and experience will certainly help.