Born in Helsinki in 1987 to a Finnish father and Russian mother.
Learned to draw before he learned to walk.
Once spent an afternoon playing violin in the streets because he didn't have enough cash for an ice cream.
Moved to New York City in 1993 and has dwelled there ever since.
Studied fine arts at LaGuardia High School, architecture at The Cooper Union, and cities & technology at The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.
Believes in technique, adaptability, patience, storytelling, that touching cold stone or dry wood will never cease to delight, and that no single person has the power to build a community.
IAAC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Master in City & Technology
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
New York, NY
LaGuardia High School of Music & Art
New York, NY
Fine Arts Major
High School Diploma
Saturday Program at The Cooper Union:
free art classes for NYC high school students
Classes: sculpture & portfolio preparation
Diller Quaile School of Music
New York, NY
AECOM, Buildings + Places
Architect, Design Manager
Global firm with governmental, corporate, and developer clients, focusing on large engineering and infrastructure projects.
PAU (Practice for Architecture & Urbanism)
Versatile, diverse firm focused on cities and the public realm, weaving urban design, beautiful architecture, advocacy, research and more.
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Highly reputable NYC firm focusing on performing arts projects for institutions, governments, and universities.
Mitchell Kurtz Architect PC
Firm specializing in performing arts & institutional projects.
Andrew Franz Architect PLLC
High-end residential projects.
Rockwell Group, LLC
Junior Architectural Designer
HH Building Consulting & Architecture, PC
David Ling, Architect
Robert Biviano Architect & Global City Realty
James Casebere studio
Freelance Model Builder
Alexander Gorlin Architects
George Tsypin Opera Factory
Long Island City, Queens
EPR Architects Ltd.
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Registered Architect, New York State
Completed: Architecture Registration Exams (ARE)
Saturday Program at the Cooper Union
"If you want to learn something, teach it."
The Saturday Program was founded in 1968 by Cooper undergraduates with the mission of bringing high school students suffering from deficient art curricula into a college environment and allot them a full day for intensive and thorough development of basic artistic techniques and thinking.
The seven classes: drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, sound composition, architecture, and portfolio preparation (for seniors only), are led by undergraduates who are put in charge of everything from lesson plans to ordering materials.
The peer-to-peer relationship makes for a stronger bond between teacher and pupil. I owe a great portion of my own thought process to the years I spent teaching.
2006-2008 & 2009-2010
Sound composition class
Saturday Program @ Cooper Union website
Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE)
NYC Department of Homeless Services
A one-night canvassing of NYC's public space by hundreds of participants to help establish an accurate count of people sleeping on the streets.
A Brush With Kindness
Habitat for Humanity, Harlem, NY
Repainted the common spaces at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center in Harlem.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, VA
The Konnarock Crew is the oldest and largest organization of the ATC. Each week throughout the hiking season the crew invites volunteers of every age and background to participate in a trail maintenance project in a specific location anywhere in the Appalachian mountain range.
Crew members must be prepared to get dirty and sweaty.
Tasks include: surveying existing terrain, digging new trail, rehabilitating existing trail, building steps or cribbing out of logs or rocks, building stream crossings, and using a grip hoist.
Konnarock Trail Crew Blog
Washington Trails Association
North Cascades, WA
A strenuous hike into the beautiful North Cascades readied the crew for a 7-day project involving both rehabilitation and relocation of trail.
WTA.org description of the Meander Meadows / Dishpan Gap hike
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Museum for contemporary art
Public Summer: 1st Street Green
Charrette-style competition in The East Village, NYC
Public Summer: Library of Immediacy
Charrette-style competition on Governor's Island, NYC
ONEPRIZE: Water as NYC's 6th Boro
Prospect Park 3rd St Gateway Design Competition,
Park Slope Civic Council
Gillette Landmark Design Competition
A sculpture to stand in front of Gillette HQ, Boston
Full scholarship for Cooper Union's 5-year B.Arch program;
Estimated at $175,000
The Mark Rothko Scholarship
In Memory of Gustave Harrow for Excellence in Art
LaGuardia High School Department Awards
Art history, computer graphics, portfolio
Our Streets, Our Stories (OSOS)
Brooklyn Public Library
Oral histories collected by the Brooklyn Public Library. Interview about my experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
¿Qué Le Dirías A Tlaloc? / What Would You Say To Tlaloc?
Wrote, produced, directed, and edited an independent documentary film about Mexico City's water infrastructure.
Arts & Letters Magazine, Georgia College
The Architect Gets Grandfathered
CLOGxGUNS, an online periodical
Wildcat (Ballistics Report)
Construction Matters, by Georg Windeck; powerHouse Books
Brick; Alvar Aalto's Experimental House; Muuratsalo, Finland
As Seen On , short story competition hosted by Urban Omnibus
Lights Up, Bitches
Re:Public, Zagreb Rooms student workshop, Zagreb University, Croatia
2013 - Present
Satellite Collective, Transmission IV & V
Web Design Director of online periodical
Park Slope Civic Council; Civic News
Winning entries for the Prospect Park 3rd St Gateway Design Competition
Architecture at Cooper Newsletter
The Pioneer, 150th Anniversary Special Edition, The Cooper Union
Based On Actual Events (The Break-In)
April 29th - May 31st, 2004
Trygve Lie Gallery - Meeting Place 6 (Press Release)
The 6th Annual Art Exhibit By Scandinavian Students Living In North America
Adobe Creative Suite
English, Russian, Finnish
Spanish, French, German