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Jean-Philippe Vassal

Helsinki, Finland

Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art. On the occasion of its 80th anniversary Artek hosted an evening of talks in Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall.

When the architect and designer couple Alvar and Aino Aalto, the arts patron Maire Gullichsen and the art historian and critic Nils-Gustav Hahl founded Artek on 15 October 1935 in Helsinki, one of the most unusual and ambitious projects in the history of furniture was launched. The founders conceived Artek as a platform for modern art, industry, interior design and propaganda. From the very beginning, they saw Artek as a vehicle for entering into a multi-layered dialogue with the international avant-garde and intensifying cultural exchange with the world. Eighty years later, Artek Talks intends to shed light on various disciplines that shape the cultural landscape of today. Moderated by Helsinki-based architect and educator Tuomas Toivonen, individual lectures will be given by the following speakers: 

Irma Boom, Graphic designer, Netherlands 
Amie Siegel, Artist, US 
Jean-Philippe Vassal, Architect, France 
Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle, Finland

Jean-Philippe Vassal, Architect

Jean-Philippe Vassal (born 1954 in Casablanca, Morocco) is an architect and principal of the Paris-based Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, which he co-founded with Anne Lacaton in Bordeaux in 1987. After graduating from the School of Architecture, Bordeaux in 1980, Jean-Philippe Vassal spent five years in Niger as an architect and town planner.

Openly claiming to be a reflection on and search for an architectural economy, the work undertaken by Lacaton & Vassal focuses on reduced-cost construction in order to rejuvenate the dialogue with contracting authorities. The firm designed the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art gallery in Paris, completed in 2001 and short-listed for the Mies van der Rohe prize in 2003. In 2005, Lacaton & Vassal and architect Frédéric Druot were selected to reshape the Tour Bois le Prêtre, a 17-story housing tower on Paris’s northern edge designed by architect Raymond Lopez in 1957. The project won Design of the Year by the UK’s Design Museum in 2013. The practice has received several awards, among them the Grand Prix National d’Architecture in France in 2008 and the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2009.

Jean-Philippe Vassal has been visiting professor at institutes such as the Architecture School of Versailles (2002–2006), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPF Lausanne; 2010–11) and Universität der Künste Berlin (UDK Berlin; since 2012).

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