Hollmen Reuter Sandman architects

The architects Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter and Helena Sandman started their collaboration in 1995 with the Women’s Centre project in Senegal. Today, their activities span from interiors to urban planning. They work in Finland as well as in several African countries.

The group believes in innovations by investigation, where the landscape, sensitivity towards materials and site-specific interventions are the means for a new architecture. Their works have been honoured with both national and international awards and have been published and exhibited widely.

Apart from working as visiting critics and lecturers all over the world, the architects also teach at the Aalto University.

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Komitu architects or Noora Aaltonen, Sisko Hovila, Tuuli Kassi, Elina Koivisto, Maiju Suomi and Inari Virkkala are a group of young architects who want to create socially and ecologically sustainable architecture together. KOMITU was founded in 2010 with the main aim of realizing a youth center to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

They work on social and ecological issues both together and separately. Their main project Kouk Khleang Youth Center has been internationally published and rewarded. Currently they are in early stages of a collaboration with a British NGO Green Shoots Foundation on a sustainable school building in Northern Cambodia.




The Chamazi team is currently working on development of sustainable and affordable building materials and concentrating on gaining and sharing knowledge about emerging construction technologies. The team has been co-operating with local communities, NGOs and the National Housing Corporation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The team has also undertaken laboratory testing of building materials in Finland. Some of our interests so far include recycled materials.

Chamazi is a multi-disciplinary group of two master-level architecture students Vilma Autio and Léa Delpech, and creative sustainability student Amanda Österlin La Mont. We joined Ukumbi while preparing a project proposal for a community center building that would function as a pilot project for affordable building technologies in Dar es Salaam. The project is currently searching for funding. Meanwhile, we are taking the opportunity to learn and experiment with interesting technologies both in Finland and abroad, and documenting our findings in our blog: letsgotochamazi.wordpress.com