Esa Laaksonen is a Finnish architect and art critic. He was the first director of the Alvar Aalto Academy (1999–2020). He has a practice in Helsinki together with the architect Kimmo Friman.
He has received twenty-nine prizes (six first prizes) in national and international competitions for architecture and has taught architecture at the University of Technology (Aalto University) in Helsinki, and around the world.
EssayAS LIBRARY-BASED complexes have evolved in recent decades to foster important community making, interculturalism and egalitarian learning, Australia and Finland have led the way with twenty-first-century design. Despite their geographical separation, the two countries share similarities that have motivated...