Juha Leiviskä is one of the seven architects to be awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects International Fellowship 2008. The fellowships will be presented in Royal Gold Medal and Fellowship Dinner 2008 at RIBA's head offices on February 12.
The fellowships were decided by the 2008 Honours Committee, which comprised RIBA President Sunand Prasad, Sir Jeremy Dixon of Dixon Jones, Peter Davey OBE, Jane Wernick Hon FRIBA, Despina Katsikakis of DEGW design consultancy, Prof Kenneth Frampton of Columbia University and Pankaj Patel of Patel Taylor.
According to the Honours Committee, Juha Leiviskä was awarded for "the development and practice of a unique architecture, particularly in the fields of religious and other public buildings."
Juha Leiviskä has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Finland's leading architects. He studied architecture at Helsinki's University of Technology and after graduating in 1959 began lecturing there on the history of architecture.
His architectural practice dates from 1964 and his best known and most admired work has centred on the design of religious buildings, though he has also worked extensively on public buildings, housing, urban planning and restoration.
Leiviskä was made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Independent Arts in 1991 and was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for the Arts in 1992. In 1994 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, was awarded the prestigious Carlsberg Prize in 1995, in 1997 followed Alvar Aalto in becoming the architecture Member of the Academy of Finland and in 2003 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Finnish Association of Architects.
RIBA International Fellowships reward the particular contributions non-UK architects have made to architecture. The lifetime honour, conferred annually, allows recipients to use the initials Int FRIBA after their name. This honour replaces RIBA Honorary Fellowships for non-UK architects whose outstanding work the RIBA wishes to mark. The new International Fellows will be announced at September Council.
Press release by: RIBA