Aalto Urban Solutions group

Aalto Urban Solutions group is multidisciplinary network of researchers and professors dealing with urban studies.

The group is coordinated by the Living+ Platform and includes people from five different research groups at the Department of Built Environment in the School of Engineering, and three departments in the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Through a human-centred lens, the combined expert area of this group covers urban environment and development from technical and socio-cultural perspectives, including the study and innovation in the domains of built environment, technological systems, society, law and art.

Aalto Urban Solutions group cooperates closely with the Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Kaupunkitutkimusintituutti KATI) at the University of Helsinki.


Image: Kvartsi by architecture students Jaakko Heikkilä, Lauri Janhunen, Ahti Launis and Raisa Mäkinen


People at the Department of Built Environment


Martin Vermeer, Professor, Geodesy

Research Institute of Modelling and Measuring for the Built Environment (MeMo)
Matti Vaaja, Assistant Professor, Digital Photogrammetry

Real Estate Economics

Ari Ekroos, Professor, Environmental and Climate Law
Heidi Falkenbach, Assistant Professor, Real Estate Economics
Seppo Junnila, Professor, Real Estate Business
Elias Oikarinen, University Lecturer
Kauko Viitanen, Professor, Real Estate Economics and Valuation

Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Alois Humer, Postdoctoral Researcher
Vesa Kanninen, Researcher
Iisakki Kosonen, Staff Scientist
Marketta Kyttä, Professor, Land-Use Planning
Tapio Luttinen, Professor, Transportation Engineering
Hanna Mattila, University Lecturer, Land-Use Planning
Milos Mladenovic, Assistant Professor, Transportation Engineering
Raine Mäntysalo, Professor, Strategic Urban Planning
Samira Ramezani, Postdoctoral Researcher
Claudio Roncoli, Assistant Professor, Transportation Engineering
Aija Staffans, Senior Research Fellow

Water and Environmental Engineering

Nora Sillanpää, Postdoctoral Researcher
Riku Vahala, Professor, Water and Wastewater Engineering


People at the School of Art, Design and Architecture


Kimmo Lapintie, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Anssi Joutsiniemi, Adjunct Professor
Antti Ahlava, Vice President, Campus Development
Hannu Huttunen, Professor, Housing Design
Tommy Lindgren, Lecturer, Urban Design
Anne Tervo, Lecturer
Johanna Lilius, Postdoctoral Researcher
Ira Verma, Researcher, Sotera Institute
Juanjo Galan, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
Ranja Hautamäki, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
Jarmo Suominen, Adjunct Professor
Frances Hsu, University Lecturer
Hossam Hewidy, Lecturer, Urban and Regional Planning


Ramia Maze, Professor, Design Practices
Idil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Design
Tuuli Mattelmäki, Associate Professor, Product Service Systems
Sampsa Hyysalo, Professor, CoDesign
Mikko Jalas, Professor of Practise, Sustainable Consumption
Pentti Kareoja, Professor of Practise, Spatial Design
Antti Pirinen, Doctoral Candidate
Eeva Berglund, Adjunct Professor

Film, Television and Scenography

Liisa Ikonen, Professor of Artistic Practices, Design for the Performing Arts
Maiju Loukola, Postdoctoral Researcher

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