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TUT’s architecture students cleared the table at an international competition

Fresh new ideas for accessible living were sought in the international ‘EFL Design Competition – Accessible Housing’ student competition. The degree and exchange students of Tampere University of Technology provided many and ended up winning all the prizes.
Samu Pitkänen’s winning entry
Samu Pitkänen’s winning entry

European Federation for Living (EFL) and the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) sought fresh new ideas for accessible living through a student competition. The competition was open for all students in the EFL member organization countries. Altogether 31 entries were submitted from around Europe and the prizes totalled 10,000 euros.

The winner of the competition was Samu Pitkänen from TUT with his entry ‘Responsibility Brings Purpose.’ Darina Bunak’s entry ‘School of Life’ came in second and Elina Aho-Kemppainen’s entry ‘Pulse’ came in third, both also representing Tampere University of Technology.

The honourable mentions in the competition were also given to degree and exchange students of Tampere University of Technology: Antti Tuure‘s entry ‘Garden Bridge’, Miro Saloranta‘s ‘Patchwork Forest’, Petra Moravcová‘s ‘Pocket Neighbourhood’ and Ananda Frigiére’s ‘Kulma.’ Petra Moravcová’s home university is Czech Technical University in Prague and Ananda Frigiére’s is Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Saint-Etienne in France.

The decisions on the winners were made anonymously, so the overwhelming success of Tampere University of Technology also came as a surprise to the jury.

The jury was very pleased with the standard of the competition entries.  The students exhibited a fresh and bold take on the theme as desired.

“The students’ innovations ranged from small-scale everyday ideas to more extensive regional plans. Many of the students did not settle with merely designing accessible dwellings; they also bravely addressed the challenges of urbanization and sustainable development,” the jury commends in its press release.

The cause of the spectacular success stems from TUT’s School of Architecture which seized the opportunity and assumed the competition as a part of its syllabus.

“The students of the School of Architecture have shown great interest in accessible solutions. It is also a very popular topic in students’ theses. Our students’ great interest in this competition is an apt example of how important many of our students find accessibility,” Professor Markku Hedman from the Department of Architecture points out.

“Accessibility issues have been taught and studied in the ASUTUT research group of the School of Architecture for a long time.”

Further information: Professor Markku Hedman tel. +358 (0) 40 7024884,

News submitted by: Tiina Leivo
News updated by: Mika Puonti
Keywords: education and studies, science and research, accessibility, efl, ara, efl design competition – accessible housing