We strive to design buildings that become part of their environment.

Instead of relying on ready-made formulas, we create one-of-a-kind buildings that not only exist as solitary objects but grow into organic elements of their surroundings. We work towards understanding not only the location we are designing for but also the people who will be living together with the buildings.

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Rooted in collaboration

Long-term architectural partners Ilmari Lahdelma and Rainer Mahlamäki founded LM in 1997. Their work is a continuum of Finnish design, with a focus on sustainability, high-quality materials and attention to detail—qualities that come together with cutting-edge technologies and techniques. Both Lahdelma and Mahlamäki are internationally recognised and lauded architects, professors and lecturers.

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Our role is to translate our experience and theories, however ambitious, into understandable spaces that make up someone’s everyday life.

Ilmari Lahdelma

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The most important thing is to know why you’re designing, who you’re designing for and where they come from; to forget preconceptions and approach each commission with a fresh pair of eyes, ready to learn.
Rainer Mahlamäki
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The studio

Over the years the studio has become synonymous with high-quality, socially aware design, and renowned for its deep understanding of the impact of history, location and the human touch.

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Experience and technology

On top of the years worth of experience and architectural intuition, LM are heavily invested in using the best of today's technologies to drive designs - right from the beginning of the design process. Pencil drawing, model making and virtual reality simulation go hand in hand here, each one playing a crucial but different role in realising a design.

The studio has two Tekla BIM awards under its belt, for Derby and Easton, two projects which pushed the technologies to their limits. These tools now come as standard in the design process, giving the team new ways to design and represent with each project.

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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
architects team

Olli Aarnio
Olli Aarnio
Design Assistant
Jonne Ahvonen
Jonne Ahvonen
Design Assistant
Wing-Hang Chan
Wing-Hang Chan
Architect, M.Arch
Taavi Henttonen
Taavi Henttonen
Competition Specialist
Minja Hildén
Minja Hildén
Interior Designer
Leila Hyttinen
Leila Hyttinen
Design Assistant
Panu Härmävaara
Panu Härmävaara
Architect, M.Sc.
Laura Iivarinen
Laura Iivarinen
Architect, M.Sc.
Maria Jokela
Maria Jokela
Architect, M.Sc.
Anna Juhola
Anna Juhola
Architect, M.Sc.
Timo Jyrinki
Timo Jyrinki
Architect, M.Arch
Liisa Koivuranta
Liisa Koivuranta
Secretary
Johannes Koskela
Johannes Koskela
Architect, M.Sc.
Maritta Kukkonen
Maritta Kukkonen
Architect, M.Sc.
Ilmari Lahdelma
Ilmari Lahdelma
Architect M.Sc., Professor, CEO
Minna Lahdelma
Minna Lahdelma
Architect, M.Sc.
Owen Lambert
Owen Lambert
Architect M.Eng. Dip.Arch. ARB
Rainer Mahlamäki
Rainer Mahlamäki
Architect M.Sc., Professor
Katri Rönkä
Katri Rönkä
Architect, M.Sc.
Petri Saarelainen
Petri Saarelainen
Architect, M.Sc.
Marko Santala
Marko Santala
Architect, M.Sc.
Mia Salonen
Mia Salonen
Architect, M.Sc.
Jukka Savolainen
Jukka Savolainen
Architect, M.Sc.
Teemu Seppälä
Teemu Seppälä
Architect, M.Sc.
Seija Serovuo
Seija Serovuo
Interior Architect
Heidi Siitonen
Heidi Siitonen
Architect M.Sc. Furniture Designer
Tarja Suvisto
Tarja Suvisto
Architect, B.Sc.
Ilkka Syrjäkari
Ilkka Syrjäkari
Architect, M.Arch. ARB
Olli Tallbacka
Olli Tallbacka
Architect, M. Sc.
Daria Głąbowska
Daria Głąbowska
Architectural Intern
Iga Mazur
Iga Mazur
Architectural Intern
Piotr Pańczyk
Piotr Pańczyk
Architectural Intern