ARCH M.SC. (SAFA), D.A.
Born in Helsinki, Finland 1972
• Long working experience with a variety of architectural projects related to holistic sustainability
• Expert on user engagement in design and architecture
• Experienced in working in transdisciplinary and multi-cultural environments
• Skillful in bringing stakeholders together and working with people in an empathic manner
• Extensive experience of lecturing and teaching internationally
Doctor of Arts, Department of Design, Aalto Universisty
Thesis “Empathy Matters: Architecture for the world’s majority”. (https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/107776)
Doctoral studies a spart of the New Global interdisciplinary research group (www.newglobal.aalto.fi)
Holistic counselor, School for Essential Counselling, Working with People trainings (workingwithpeopletrainings.com)
Master of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology
Exchange studies at Ecole d’Architecture de Paris–Belleville, France
Partner at Leapfrog Projects (www.leapfrogprojects.com)
Founding partner of Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects Ltd. (www.hollmenreutersandman.com)
Founding of Ukumbi NGO together with Saija Hollmén and Jenni Reuter (www.ukumbi.org)
Helena Sandman Architects Ltd.
SELECTED ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS
Ecological sauna building, Carlborg, Rosala
Archipelago home, Berg, Vänö
Nyang’oro, Ilambilole, Ifwagi and Maduma Secondary School Hostels for Girls, Iringa region, Tanzania.
(Ukumbi / Hollmén-Reuter-Sandman Archtiects, later HRS)
Afri-furniture, wood furniture design and value chain development project in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania as part of the sustainable forestry programme PFP2 (Leapfrog Projects)
Sebkhat Séjoumi, Tunis, Tunisia inclusive urban development plan (Leapfrog Projects)
Consultant on spatial qualities for Next T project on HIV testing among youth in Tanzania (Scope)
Redesign of an existing maternity clinic in Odisha, India. Responsible for the spatial design (Scope)
Affordable housing project for the Department of Urban and Rural Planning, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Leading the Architectural Think Tank of the LabOur Ward –project resulting in an exhibition at the Women Conference in Copenhagen (https://scopeimpact.fi/work/lab-our-ward), (Scope)
KWIECO Shelter House, Moshi, Tanzania. 1st phase finished in May 2015 (Ukumbi / HRS)
Newly Drawn at Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism (HRS)
Nordic Models + Common Ground. Exhibition in The Scandinavia House, New York (HRS)
A.P.E. Learning Centre in Cairo, Egypt. Non-built project. (Ukumbi/HRS)
Extension of Solvalla Sports Institute as a Conference Centre, Espoo, Finland, unrealised project
TunaHAKI orphanage Centre, Moshi, Tanzania. Non-built project. (Ukumbi/HRS and Armstrong+Cohen), unrealised project
Women’s centre in Rufisque, Senegal. (HRS)
SELECTED ARTISTIC, EXHIBITION AND CURATORIAL WORK
Birdhouses. Invited participants to represent Finland in the Concentrico architecture festival in Logroño, Spain. (Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects)
Set design for the production “teceremoni” by Malin Kivelä
Slowness Dignified. 15th Venice architecture biennale: Reporting from the Front, main exhibition (HRS)
Lighthouse. Artistic work in group exhibition in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice architecture biennale, The Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm (HRS)
"From the viewpoint of the elf", photographical art work in the forest of Paloheinä, for the Tapahtumisen Tunne -exhibition
Curator and design of all exhibitions at the Helinä Rautavaara Museum during the Helsinki Design Capital year
Habitare Ahead! 2012 exhibition architecture (HRS)
Final thesis exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts
Building Blocks, Stockholm, Sweden. (HRS)
Chair bar project at the Habitare -fair. Remake a recycled chair. (HRS)
10-year exhibition for the Wood Architecture award by Wood in Culture, Lahti, with Katriina Lankinen
"Migrant birds", photographic work of migrant workers in Hong Kong at the exhibition Places of Arrival and Departure organised by the Arts Council of Uusimaa
Post doctoral position at Aalto University, Finland (part-time), research project development and planning the World in Transiton post master curriculum.
Visiting professor at the BASEhabitat post-graduate program on sustainable development in the Department of Architecture at the University of Art and Design Linz, Austria
Shortlisted for the position as Professor of Humanitarian Architecture, Aalto University, Department of Architecture
Teacher at Sustainable Global Technologies master level studio, Aalto University
Teacher at the Interplay of Cultures course, Aalto University
Visiting critic at Mendrisio School of Architecture, Grafton Architects’ design studio
Teacher at Basics in Architecture, Aalto University
Teacher at the Cities in Transition course, Aalto University
Teacher at the Kigali Master Class, Aalto University
Teacher at the Public Building Cambodia Studio, Aalto University
Visiting critic at Umeå School of Architecture, 2011
Teacher in graphic design and exhibition planning, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
Global Studio, UN Habitat, Vancouver 06.06
Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Visiting critic at Helsinki University of Technology, World Architecture
Moderator and editor of papers at the international ACSA architecture conference in Helsinki
PRIZES AND AWARDS
The Architecture of Necessity Award (shared 1st price) (HRS)
Nominated for the Barbara Cappochin Prize (HRS)
Best Humanitarian of the Year (organized by DK Nordic Award/EOAW) (Ukumbi)
Commendation for the ASF Award, (HRS)
Nominated for the BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2014, (HRS)
Asko Avonius Design Award, (HRS)
Nominated for the Iakhov Chernikov international prize, (HRS)
Finnish State Award for Art (Ukumbi)
The Alfred Kordelin (Ukumbi)
Holcim Foundation Acknowledgement Award for Sustainable Architecture (HRS)
Nomination for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (HRS)
Finnish representative at the international conference “Young European Architects”, Rotterdam (HRS)
Bauwelt Prize for the Women’s Centre in Senegal (HRS)
Special commendation in Young Architect of the Year Award 2003, Corus and Building Design (HRS)
Pietilä Award, Building Information Foundation RTS, Finland (HRS)
Highly commended for the ar+d award. Emerging Architect competition organised by Architectural Review and d-line (HRS)
GRANTS, MEMBER OF JURIES AND BOARDS
Member of the jury for the Finnish Pavillion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023
Member of the jury for the Union of International Architects student competition The Great Green Wall
One year grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Boardmember of Helsinki Kunsthalle
2010–13 and 2019–22
Chairperson of the board of Ukumbi NGO
Finnish Cultural Foundation one year research grant2018 Member of jury in the World Architecture Festival, category of sports and future hospital buildings
Member of jury in the competition “Community center in Nepal” arranged by ARCHsharing
Member of jury in the competition “Home revisited” arranged by the Asko Foundation
Finnish Cultural Foundation one year research grant
Board member of Forum Artis, organisation for art
One year artistic grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Atelier apartment in Cité International des Arts, Paris
Numerous grants from Finnish foundations
Sandman, H. (2021). Empathy Matters: Architecture for the world’s majority. Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS, Espoo, Finland. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-64-0337-3
Sandman, H. & Suomela M. (2020). Probing for resilience: Exploring design with empathy in Zanzibar. In A. N. Martins, M. Fayazi, F. Kikano, & L. Hobeica(Eds.), Enhancing disaster preparedness: From humanitarian architecture to community resilience, (pp. 149–165). Amsterdam: Elsevier. https://www.elsevier.com/books/enhancing-disaster-preparedness/martins/978-0-12-819078-4
Sandman, H. (2020). Shouldn’t all architecture be designed with empathy? A case of affordable-housing design in Zanzibar. Architectural Research in Finland, 4(1), 36–56. DOI:10.37457/arf.78046
Sandman, H., Meguid, T., & Levänen, J. (2020). Unboxing empathy: Reflecting on architectural design for maternal health. CoDesign. DOI: 10.1080/15710882.2020.1833935
Sandman, H., Levänen, J., & Savela, N. (2018). Using empathic design as a tool for urban sustainability in low-resource settings. Sustainability,10(2493). DOI: 10.3390/su10072493
Hollmén, S., Reuter, J., & Sandman, H. (2018). Equality quality: Architectural planning for underprivileged groups. Architectural Research in Finland, 2(1),29–35. Full text in Acris/Aaltodoc: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201808214633.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS IN BOOKS AND REVIEWS
Sandman, H. (2022). Deep, deeper, deepest empathy. ARK Finnish Architecture Review. https://www.ark.fi/en/2022/02/deep-deeper-deepest-empathy/
Lindeman, S., Sandman, H., (2018). Meeting the Complexity of the Real World. Interplay of Cultures,
Holmén S. ed. Aalto University publication series ART+ DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE
Hollmén, S., Reuter, J., Sandman, H. (2018). The Women’s Centre. Interplay of Cultures, Holmén S. ed. Aalto University publication series ART+ DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE
SELECTED PROJECT PUBLICATIONS
Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects: KWIECO Shelter House Moshi, Tanzania (2019). Breaking Ground Architecture by Women, Phaidon Press.
Katona, V. (2018). A search for genuine regionalism: A regenerative agenda for the peripheries. In T. I. Zaman Q. (Ed.), Transdisciplinary urbanism and culture. The urban book series. (pp. 213-226) Springer, Cham.
Improving the architectural quality of humanitarian aid. Reporting from the front. 15th Biennale Architettura 2016.
Empowering a community. The Architectural Review 3/2016. Women in Architecture/1429/CCXXXIX/March 2016.
Women’s Centre, Rufi sque, Senegal, 2016, AFRICA, Architecture, Culture, Identity. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
KWIECO Shelter House, Moshi, Tanzania 2015. World Architecture 7/2015. (on the cover)
Hollmén Reuter Sandman, BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2014.
Creators’ Work and Soul, AXIS, Japan. February 2014, vol. 167
Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects, Lighthouses. On the Common Nordic Ground. 13th International Architecture Exhibition La biennale di Venezia. Nordic Pavilion. Museum of Finnish Architecture (2012).
Women’s Center, Rufisque, Senegal, Atlas Architecture of the 21st Century, Africa and Middle East (2011).
Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects / Finland, Nordic Models+ Common Ground, Art and design unfolded, The American – Scandinavian Foundation (2011).
Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects, Learning from Vernacular (2010).
Hollmén Reuter Sandman, Newly Drawn – Emerging Finnish Architects (2009).
Rufisque, Women’s Centre (Front cover). Design Like You Give a Damn, Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, Architecture for Humanity. (2006).
The Nature of Collaboration: Art and Architecture through Snow and Ice, The Snow Show 2004.
A+U, Architecture and Urbanism, 3/2004. ISSN 0389-9160
Women’s Centre, Rufisque, Senegal, The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (2003). ISBN 13: 9780714843124
Robert Barry / Hollmén Reuter Sandman, The Snow Show, Venice, La biennale di Venezia. (2003). ISBN 0-9723063-8-2
Hollmén – Reuter – Sandman, Lotus International, 116/2003.
Red, yet Green, The Architectural Review, 12/2002 (Front cover).
Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter and Helena Sandman, Women’s Centre, A+U, Architecture and Urbanism, 8/2002.
PROJECTS IN SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Architecture of Necessity, Virserum, Sweden
Interplay of Cultures, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Work in the Barbara Cappochin prize exhibition ”Five Architecture Tables” in Padova, Italy
Exhibited in the main exhibition at the 15th Biennale Architettura di Venezia
Architecture of Necessity 15.5-4.12, Virserum, Sweden
“AFRICA – Architecture, Culture, Identity”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Schools of Architecture / Africa: Connecting Disciplines in Design and Development, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
South of North, Helsinki Design Week, Teurastamo, Helsinki, Finland
”Architecture – Beside and beyond” , University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Think Global, Build Social! Architectures for a better World, Architekturzentrum, Vienna, Austria
Transformation – Towards a Sustainable Future, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Learning from Vernacular. Munio Gitai Weinraub Architecture Museum, Haifa, Israel
Think Global Build Social, 8.6-1.9.2013, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
Architecture of Necessity, 5.5-8.12.2013, Virserums Konsthall, Sweden
Work in the exhibition“Lighthouses” in the Nordic Pavilion at the 13th Biennale Architettura di Venezia, The Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Museum in Stockholm, Sweden
“Masters of recycling. Learning Centre for the Zabbaleen of Cairo” Helinä Rautavaaran Museum, Finland
Newly Drawn at Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism
Nordic Models + Common Ground, exhibition in The Scandinavia House, New York
TunaHAKI project exhibited at University of Florida, USA
Finnish pavillion (Aalto Pavillion) at the 8th Biennale Architettura di Venezia
Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
Spaces of Peace, Architecture as Contextual Diplomacy conference in Brussels, Belgium
RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects, UK
The National Museum of Art Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Helsinki Design Week, Finland
Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
Design Conference Feeling for Wood, Lahti, Finland
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Association of Siamese Architects conference, Bangkok, Thailand
11th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Polytechnic University of Hong Kong
Union of International Architects Istanbul Congress
RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects, UK
Norsk Form, Oslo, Norway