Mika Savela is a curator, architect, editor and designer based in Helsinki.

Instagram @mikasavela / See also: Selim Projects

He graduated as architect from the Aalto University and completed his Ph.D. in the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His research explored the co-development of curatorial practice, exhibition histories, global biennialization, emerging urban research tendencies and the contemporary and historical narratives of Chinese urbanization and institution-building. 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, as well as guest lecturing and taking part in design reviews internationally.

His creative practice incorporates visual culture, critical architectural and urban concepts – the off-context, representation, and approaches between the historical, the modern - and the digital. He regularly writes about observations on the visual and cultural practices around contemporary art, architecture and design.

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

He was appointed as curator for MOPCAP 2015-16 program with the MOP Foundation, and as Mellon Researcher (2016-17) at the Canadian Centre for Architecture's (CCA) project Photography and/for Architecture. In 2017 he was laureate for the Future Architecture Platform as well as the Forecast Platform in Berlin. For the 3-year term 2018-2020 he has served as editor-in-chief at the Finnish Architectural Review.

email mika at mikasavela.com