'A Short Bio'

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Mika Savela is a curator, architect and designer. He graduated as architect from the Aalto University in Finland and has practiced professionally in urban design and architecture, as well as in more cross-disciplinary forms of design, editing, publishing and curating.

His creative practice often balances between visual culture, architectural and urban concepts – the off-context, representation, and approaches between the historical and the modern, the fantastical and the ordinary. He also regularly writes about architecture, cities, design, cultural practices, criticism and various observations around them.

He is a co-founder of Selim Projects, a Helsinki-based contemporary platform for editorial / curatorial / cultural / visual / spatial projects, together with architect Henrik Drufva.

His PhD research in the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), explored the linkages of curatorial practice, global biennialization and the contemporary and historical narratives of Chinese urbanism. At CUHK, he also contributed to the teaching, exhibitions and publications of the M.Sc in Urban Design program, 
including projects at the SZ/HK Bi-City Biennale for Urbanism\Architecture and the Venice Biennale. He has also taught at the Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

He was appointed as the curator for MOPCAP 2015-16 program with the MOP Foundation, and as a Mellon Researcher (2016-17) at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). In 2017 he was a laureate for the Future Architecture Platform as well as the Forecast Platform in Berlin. He also serves as an associate for the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).

As of January 2018, he is appointed as editor-in-chief of the Finnish Architectural Review