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Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects’ focus is on both environmental and aesthetic sustainability. Environmental sustainability is achieved by using local, recycled and renewable materials as much as possible and designing site specifically according to the local climate. The aesthetic sustainability is born from the functionality, the culture, how the building fits into the environment, how the plan follows the local space hierarchy.

In 2007 the group founded a non-governmental organisation named Ukumbi, focusing on the work in developing countries. The mission is to offer architectural services for communities in need. Architecture can be a powerful way of mitigating poverty and empower the community and increase its self-esteem.

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The architects Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter and Helena Sandman started their collaboration in 1995 with the Women’s Centre project in Senegal. Today, their activities span from interiors to urban planning. They work in Finland as well as with several underprivileged communities around the world.

The group believes in innovations by investigation, where the landscape, sensitivity towards materials and site-specific interventions are the means for a new architecture. Their works have been honoured with both national and international awards and have been published and exhibited widely.

Apart from working as visiting critics and lecturers all over the world, the architects also teach at the Aalto University.