Juha Leiviska

Born in Helsinki in 1936, Juha Leiviskä is a prominent Finnish designer and architect most well-known for his churches and other sacral buildings. After his 1963 graduation as an architect from the Helsinki University of Technology, where he also worked as a teaching assistant, Leiviskä soon established his own architectural office. From the 1970s onwards, he started receiving international attention for the churches he designed in his home country.

Some of his best-known works include the Myyrmäki Church and Parish Centre in Vantaa (1980-84) and the German Embassy in Helsinki (1986-93). Described as being simultaneously monumental and intimate, his buildings are characterised by a subtle use of light. As well as making thoughtful use of natural light in his architecture, Leiviskä is also a skilled lighting designer, having created the lamps for his interiors himself.

Enjoying recognition both in Finland and abroad, Leiviskä was awarded the 1995 Carlsberg Architectural Prize and the 2008 Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Architecture and Urban Design. Much of his work has been displayed in exhibitions internationally.

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