Ola Laiho wins Porthan-mitali (Porthan Medal)

The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Southwest Finland fund awarded the Foundation’s Porthan-mitali (Porthan Medal) to Ola Laiho in recognition of valuing Finnish building traditions and furthering fine architecture. According to Kristiina Rintala, who presented the medal, Laiho is a long-time professional and one of the leading figures in Finnish architecture.

LPR Architects, founded in 1972 by Ola Laiho, Mikko Pulkkinen and Ilpo Raunio, specialised from the outset in renovation and expansion of prestigious buildings.

”The medal awarded is at the same time recognition of the entire agency; after all, architecture is primarily a group effort,” Rintala said in his speech.

Laiho’s design contributions can be seen in renovations including the Turku Cathedral, Parliament, the Paimio Sanatorium, Ateneum Art Museum, the main building at the University of Helsinki as well as the National Library of Finland.

Laiho has also taken part in designing many impressive and functional new sites, of which the best-known is the Helsinki Music Centre.