Our practice combines aesthetic, ecological, social, practical and economic demands into memorable architecture that is in harmony with its context. Our work has been awarded with Finnish State Prize for Architecture in 2021 and Pietilä Prize in 2018.

Based in Helsinki, we work with building design consisting of public buildings, housing and business premises. In addition, we are experienced in urban design and city planning with projects ranging from small urban interventions to large city plans. We have particular expertise in designing future learning environments, museums and other complex public buildings in demanding urban settings, as well as additions in delicate historical contexts and natural surroundings.

Our works have received numerous awards and prizes in international competitions and in Finland, including winning designs for Tampere Art Museum, Tuusula High School and Community Centre, Jätkäsaari school and Kottby grundskola in Helsinki, Maria01 growth company campus in Helsinki, Hannikaisenkatu apartment block in Jyväskylä and Viewpoint pavilion in London.

Jätkäsaari School is nominated for the Mies van Der Rohe Award 2022 and received the Concrete Structure of the year award in 2019. Our practice was nominated as a 2020 Royal Academy Dorfman Award finalist.

As members of the Uusi Kaupunki Design Collective, we promote participatory design methods that aim to make cities better by working together with residents. We design with the latest BIM software and produce high-quality visualizations. At the same time, we value traditional craftsmanship and are committed to using sustainable solutions and natural materials as the foundation of all our work.

We share our knowledge on building and architecture through frequent public lectures and through our teaching at Aalto University. We are a member of ATL Association of Finnish architectural offices.

We are always interested in new collaborations. Have a look at our work and feel free to contact us!

“Their work conveys a genuine interest in modernising contemporary architecture, as well as in contemporary interpretations that utilise traditional materials”

Finnish State Prize for Architecture 2021

Awarded competitions

Kalasatama Community House
1. prize, 2022

Karhula High School & Library
1. prize, 2022

Verkkosaari Low-Carbon Housing Block
2. prize, 2022

Art and Design Center Brädgården
Honorary mention, 2021

Maatulli School & Kindergarten
2. prize & Honorary mention, 2021

Kontula Centre
Honorary mention, 2020

Kottby Lågstadieskola School
1. prize, 2020

Lamminrahka School
2. prize, 2020

Jyväskylä Hannikaisenkatu Apartment Block
1. prize, 2019

Maria 01 - Growth Company Campus
1. prize, 2018

Tuusula High School and Community Centre
1. prize, 2018

Ylivieska Church
Shared 3. prize, 2017

Tampere Art Museum
1. prize, 2017

Kuopio City Centre
2. prize, 2017

Jätkäsaari School
1. prize, 2015

Tampere School of Music
3. prize, 2014

Viewpoint London
1. prize, 2013

Estonian Park Pavilion
Purchase prize, 2011

Aurajoki River Pavilion
Purchase prize, 2010

Selected Awards

Wood Award 2023 Tuusula High School & Cultural Centre

Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2022 nominee

Mies van der Rohe Award 2022 nominee, Jätkäsaari School

Finnish State Prize for Architecture 2021

Royal Academy Dorfman Award 2020 finalist

Wood Award 2020 nominee, Finnlog Hetena House

Concrete Structure of the Year 2019 Jätkäsaari School

Wood Award 2018 nominee, Mukkula Manor Park Pavilion

Pietilä prize 2018

Selected Press

Finnish Architectural Review
Designing the Future in Pandemic Times, 1/2021

Class act, 1/2020

The Monocle Forecast 2020

Fächerübergreifend flurlos - Schule in Helsinki von AOR Architects, 3/2020

Finnish Architectural Review
A Paradigm Shift, 1/2020

Helsingin Sanomat HS
Nuoret suomalaisarkkitehdit suunnittelivat Jätkäsaareen uuden suurkoulun ja ovat nyt ehdolla tärkeään brittiläiseen palkintoon – seuraava suurkoulu syntyy hirsistä, 3/2020

Helsingin Sanomat HS
Jätkäsaaren koulun suunnitellut suomalaistoimisto nousi arvostetun arkkitehtuuripalkinnon finaaliin Lontoossa, 1/2020

Architectural Digest
Floating Architecture is Making Waves, 3/2017

10 Best Emerging Architecture Firms in 2017
Helsingin Sanomat HS
Tampereen taidemuseo uudistetaan – arkkitehtikisan voittanut Siilo-ehdotus oli niin ylivoimainen, ettei toista palkintosijaa edes jaettu, 8/2017

Viewpoint Floating Platform by AOR Architecture is unveiled in London’s King’s Cross, 2/2014

AOR's floating Viewpoint offers glimpses of London's canal-side wildlife, 2/2014

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