Dr Marco Iuliano to deliver keynote speech at the international conference Aalto beyond Finland

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 Dr Marco Iuliano, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, has been invited to give a keynote speech at the international conference Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design.

The conference will be held in Rovaniemi (16-18 February 2015) and gathers together researchers from all over the world. It is intended to investigate the exceptional impact of Alvar Aalto’s work abroad from the opening of his office in Turku in 1927 to the major works of the 1970s. Dr Iuliano’s paper, ‘Avant-garde Aalto’ will investigate how the Nordic classical precedents of Gunnar Asplund and Sven Markelius were suddenly turned into an original modernity by Aino and Alvar Aalto. Questioning their sources of inspiration, the keynote speech aims to suggest a re-assessment of the creative process of the architects, so as to explain how Aino and Alvar were able to absorb the most relevant avant-garde work of their time. Keynote speakers include Peter Blundell Jones, Juhani Pallasmaa, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and Demetri Porphyrios.