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-team is at the moment working with organizations Cambodian Volunteers for Society (CVS) and Khmer Kamputchea Krom for Human Rights and Development Association (KKKHRDA) to build a youth center in Phnom Penh. Building has begun in February 2012. Our focus in the project has been on involving the locals in the design process and developing an ecological bamboo building technique.

KOMITU is a group of six architects and master-level architecture students, Noora Aaltonen, Sisko Hovila, Tuuli Kassi, Maiju Suomi, Elina Tenho ja Inari Virkkala. Together they have experience of humanitarian architecture workshops and study projects. These young women have all studied or worked abroad, including Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway, Peru, Spain and Tajikistan.

Follow the project in the KOMITU blog:



Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen is a young and adventurous Helsinki-based architecture team that works both in community benefit and private projects. We are Hilla Rudanko and Anssi Kankkunen, Finnish architects who have a long experience of working as a team. Before starting this collaboration, we have studied and worked in Finland and abroad at different offices and universities. Our international experience has made us realize the huge potential of architectural expertise: architects should actively recognize needs for their skills and tackle them. Our goal in Ukumbi is to encourage active architecture and make things happen.

We joined Ukumbi while designing Sra Pou vocational school in Cambodia in 2010-2011. The school has been widely published and recognized in international architecture awards. Read more about Sra Pou here. If you wish to see other projects by our company, look at our website www.rudanko-kankkunen.com.



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