'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, looked into curatorial practice and the contemporary and historical narratives of Chinese urbanism. At CUHK, he also contributed to the teaching and publications of the M.Sc in Urban Design program
He has also taught at the Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Most recently he's been the appointed curator for MOPCAP 2015-16 program with the MOP Foundation, a laureate for the Future Architecture Platform 2017 as well as the Forecast PlatformCurrently he is a Mellon Researcher (2016-17) at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).