About us

School names and rectors over time

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture has many predecessor since 1871. Today, it is one of the six Aalto University schools which is lead by a dean.

Dean

(Rector till the end of 2009)

Craft School 1871–1885

L. J. Källström, Factory Owner 1871
Florentin Granholm, Architect 1871–1879

Central School of Industrial Art 1886–1949

Ernst Nordström, M.A. 1879–1915
Werner von Essen, Architect 1915–1943
Rafael Blomstedt, Architect 1944–1948

Institute of Industrial Arts 1949–73
- College of industrial art
- Vocational school of industrial art

Lauri Pimiä, PhD. 1949–1950
Bruno Tuukkanen, Artist 1950–1959
Markus Visanti, Architect 1960–1969
Juhani Pallasmaa, Architect 1970–1971

University of Industrial Arts Helsinki, University of Art and Design Helsinki 1973–2009

Jouko Koskinen, Architect 1972–1978
Yrjö Kukkapuro, Interior Designer 1978–1980
Torsten Laakso, Interior Designer 1980–1985
Yrjö Sotamaa, Interior Designer 1986–2008
Helena Hyvönen, Textile Artist, Designer 2008–2009

Aalto University School of Art and Design 2010–2011 (with title Executive Dean)

Helena Hyvönen, Textile Artist, Designer 2010–2011

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture 2012

Helena Hyvönen, Textile Artist, Designer 2012–2014
Anna Valtonen, Doctor of Arts 1 March 2014–

Vice Deans

(Vice Rectors till the end of 2009)

Yrjö Verho, Artist 1965–1968
Seppo Paatero, Interior Designer 1968–1969
Raimo Hallama, M.A. 1969
Heikki Häiväoja, Sculptor 1970
Teemu Lipasti, Graphic Designer 1972–1980
Yrjö Sotamaa, Interior Designer 1980–1985
Antero Salminen, Art Teacher 1986–1995
Yrjänä Levanto, Ph.D. 1995–2008
Anu Maja, Set Designer 1995–1997
Merja Salo, Doctor of Arts 1997–2008
Pekka Korvenmaa, Ph.D. 2008–2014
Martti Raevaara, Licentiate of Art 2008–2009
Ossi Naukkarinen, Ph.D. 2012–
Teemu Leinonen, Doctor of Arts 2012–

Artistic Directors

Armas Lindgren, Architect 1890–1912
Rafael Blomstedt, Architect 1912–1943
Arttu Brummer, Interior Designer 1944–1951
Tapio Wirkkala, Artist 1951–1954
Kaj Franck, Artist 1960–1967

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