2017 Spotlight Award + Lecture: OOPEAA
Anssi Lassila is the founder and principal of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture. His international breakthrough was the Kärsämäki Shingle Church in 2004 after which he quickly gained a distinctive position among young Finnish architects. His architecture displays an interest in combining a sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques. Lassila has extensive experience in working with wood in architecture. In his approach he emphasizes the potential embedded in exploring new methods and techniques as a means of developing new solutions in building. OOPEAA works on a wide range of projects on varying scales from churches and daycare centers to housing and town planning as well as extensions to historically valuable landmarks.
RDA's ninth annual Spotlight Award was presented to OOPEAA. Founder and Director Anssi Lassila visited Houston on Wednesday, September 6, to accept the award and give a lecture at The MATCH.