Program in the Woods

Amidst the increasing numbers of Design and Make courses, Wood Program stands out as the elder of the tribe, having begun at the old Helsinki University of Technology in 1991.  During those years, including a gradual change-over of name from Wood Studio to todays course title, the program has gained an International reputation. Today it's Here's Unstructured Extra 6's profile of the program

What to make of all this making: Wood Program tutor Philip Tidwell outlines the heart of the course

Piiri's progress – this year's Design & Make project, the modular Piiri house, is highlighted from start to finish in this photo-essay

Wood Program student, Ksenia Rakovskaya, reflects on her year in studio and the forest

Pekka Heikkinen's Fourth Door Review 8 Cool Wood Studio feature pdf

Order Woodworks, the book of the Wood Pogramm (as and when available – which is not yet)

Current & Recent Wood Program Projects

2012 was a special year for the Wood Program. Director Pekka Heikkinen took up the baton of overseeing the Aalto Foundation’s tri-annual architecture conference, curating Crafted, with theProgram highlighted as part of the conference events, creating the Koe Smoke Sauna next to Alvar Aalto famous experimental house on Muuratsalo Island. A second Wood Program project, the Pavilion, a temporary structure constructed in front of Helsinki’s Design Museum for the summer duration of the city’s Design Capital Festival. 

Read Koe's designer Ksenia Rakovskya's reflections on her Wood Program experience, check the concept idea and watch the vimeo

The other 2012 project, three perspectives - Helsinki's World Design Capital Pavilion (design by Pyry-Pekka Kantonen)
2012 Pavilion project