Teaching, Workshops, Courses and Talks

Fall 2016

The Miestentie School is a book created during the ARK-E1502 Architectural Studio 1
"Visualizing Architecture", organized at the Principles and Theory of Architecture
School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University during fall term 2016.

This Master's level studio course focused on the role of the contemporary, archival and speculative visual representations in architecture as both theoretical and practice-driven inquiry. Central questions related to the visual within the traditional architectural profession and beyond were approached through a series of readings, assignments and visiting lectures from practitioners working with a wide array of contemporary images and representations.

As a final project students worked to produce a book, consisting of architectural "faux-monographs", projecting their own personal work and interests into an imaginary architectural oeuvre, open for both self-reflection, and even critical dissemination.

Jenni Reuter, associate professor
Tuomas Siitonen, lecturer
Mika Savela, visiting tutor, PhD

May 2016-

Workshops on contemporary publishing during the inaugural year of the curatorial program at the Charsoo Culture, Art and Publication Centre, Teheran.

(more info to follow)

August 2014

An introductory workshop to visualizing urbanism and urban design – August 2014. School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The workshop approached the faraway suburban Hong Kong new town of Tin Shui Wai with the idea of board games design as means of studying, conceptualizing, visualizing and communicating observations in public space. In the Chinese setting, especially in the past, board games have been popular public space activities, and foldable mahjong tables can still sometimes be seen in parks, as well as far more casually appropriated spaces. Gearing towards community interaction, the students produced game concepts based on field observations, later post-producing the concepts into game boards on display at the MSCUDxCUHK program's Magic Carpet project Tin Shui Wai event in September 2014, thus expanding the workshop output into the direction of an exhibition and public engagement. The work is also published as a digital booklet.

Instructors: Mika Savela & Mo Kar Him

August 2013

Two introductory workshops for visualizing urbanism and urban design – August 2013.

B.S.Sc. Urban Studies M.Sc. in Urban Design programs School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The workshops were themed around a fast-paced exercise in “unconventional” mapping of the small and traditional neighborhood of Sai Ying Pun, one of the older Western districts on Hong Kong Island. The students worked to produce large scale hand-made drawings, challenging the contemporary tendency towards computer-driven graphics and visualizations. The work and results of the workshop were also published as a digital booklet.

Instructors: Mika Savela, Mo Kar Him & Connie Yuen

January-February 2013

International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) Winter School held Jan 19 - Feb 2, 2013 at the School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

An international workshop hosted by CUHK, focusing on a current Hong Kong new town development of Hung Shui Kiu, bordering Shenzhen Bay. With some 120 participants from 9 universities in Asia and Europe, the workshop looked into five themes of urban planning, strategies and design in multiple scales.

September 2012

An introductory workshop to visualizing urbanism and urban design – September 2012. School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Students were engaged and encouraged in producing quick, self-made visualizations of urban design information with various techniques, in various contexts and scales of study. Work collected from each of the sessions was produced into a booklet. The process of compiling and editing the final booklet provided a simple editorial platform for students in learning to highlight where the design input and innovation in their work lies and to re-evaluate how design ideas really endure in a finalized product.

Instructors: Mika Savela & Mo Kar Him

School of Architecture, CUHK
  • Guest reviewer for M.Arch and M.Sc. in Urban Design programs, in mid-critiques and final reviews 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • Finding Future Practice - Design talk / Moderator, 17 Sep 2012