500 Years of Protestant Church Architecture. International Symposium in Helsinki, 2017

Lieksa Church, Raili and Reima Pietilä, 1982. Photo © Arto Kuorikoski



International Symposium, Helsinki, October 31 – November 1, 2017


Auditorium of National Museum of Finland, Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki, Finland


Participation is free but registration is obligatory

Registration | Ilmoittautuminen

Registration (in English) | Ilmoittautuminen (suomeksi)

Symposium Abstracts | Esitelmien tiivistelmät

Abstracts (in English and Finnish)

Symposium Language



Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (National Church Council)
Finnish National Board of Antiquities
University of Helsinki / Faculty of Theology

International Guest Speakers

International guest speakers from Poland, Denmark, and Norway

Contact Person

Project Coordinator, Th.D. Arto Kuorikoski, arto.kuorikoski(at)gmail.com

Changes and Corrections

27.4.2017 Symposium days of the week have been corrected below and in the pdf documents.

7.10.2017 Two speaker changes.

18.10.2017 Additional two speaker changes.

PROGRAMME (pdf_en) (pdf_fi)
Tuesday, 31st October – Historical Development
0900 Symposium Opening
Unit Director, Ph.D. Pekka Rehumäki, National Church Council
0915 Protestant Church Architecture as a European Phenomenon in the Early Modern Period
Prof. Jan Harasimowics, University of Wrocław, Poland
1015 Reformation Leaders’ View on Church Building
Prof. Kaarlo Arffman, University of Helsinki
1045 Liturgy at the Turning Points between Late Catholicism and Early Lutheran Orthodoxy in Finland
Prof. Jyrki Knuutila, University of Helsinki
1130 Shaping the Finnish Church Interior during the 16th and 17th Centuries
Ph.D. Hanna Pirinen, University of Jyväskylä
1200 Lunch Break
1300 To the Glory of God and the King: Consecrating Early Lutheran Churches in Denmark during the 16th to 18th Centuries
Editor, Dr. Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen, National Museum of Denmark
1345 Nordic Church Building between Reformation and Neoclassicism
Prof. Markus Hiekkanen, University of Helsinki
1415 Finnish Church Architecture during the Gustavian Era
Prof. Heikki Hanka, University of Jyväskylä
1445 Coffee Break
1530 Role of the Board of Public Works and Buildings during the 19th-Century Finnish Church Building
Prof. Ville Lukkarinen, University of Helsinki
1600 Nationalization of the Finnish Orthodox Church Architecture, 1918–1939
Ph.D. Hanna Kemppi, University of Helsinki
1630 Turning Points in Modern Finnish Church Architecture – in Search of the Ineffable
Prof. Emer., Arch. Juhani Pallasmaa
1700 Liturgy and Modern Church Architecture in the Nordic Countries
Prof. Jyrki Knuutila, University of Helsinki and Th.D. Arto Kuorikoski, Open University Helsinki
1730 The Sacred, the Everyday, and Church Space
Unit Director, Ph.D. Pekka Rehumäki, National Church Council
1900 Evening Programme at National Church Council
Wednesday, 1st November – Thematic Viewpoints
0900 Extending the Use of Religious Heritage – Distinct European Approaches
Special Director Oddbjørn Sørmoen, KA, Department for Church and Society, Norway
0945 Excursion: Restorations of Temppeliaukio and Töölö Churches
Prof. Emer., Architect Simo Paavilainen and Architect Käpy Paavilainen
1130 Lunch Break
1230 Church Space and Concepts of Restoration in 20th-Century Finland
Senior Architect Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen, Finnish National Board of Antiquities
1300 Current Challenges Concerning Restoration of Churches in Finland
Senior Architect Antti Pihkala, National Church Council
Art, Aesthetics, and Pedagogy of Religion
1330 Art in Protestant Church Buildings. Eastern and Western Influences in Finland
Prof. Heikki Hanka, University of Jyväskylä and Adjunct Prof., Th.D. Johan Bastubacka, University of Helsinki
1415 New Life of Catholic Wood Sculptures in Finland: Placements in the Lutheran Churches and in the Museums
Ph.D., Senior Lecturer Elina Räsänen, University of Helsinki and MA Katri Vuola, University of Helsinki
1500 The Blessed and the Bad
Sculptor Pauno Pohjolainen
1530 Coffee Break
1600 500 Years of Finnish Organs
Organ Builder Pentti Pelto
1630 Spatial Design and Furniture at the Altar Space in Modern Finnish Church Buildings
Project Manager, Th.D. Sari Dhima, Aalto University
1700 Church Pedagogy
Prof. Antti Räsänen, University of Helsinki and Consultant Juha Luodeslampi, National Church Council
1730 Modern Church Architecture in View of Theological Aesthetics
Th.D. Arto Kuorikoski, Open University Helsinki
1800 Symposium Conclusion
Unit Director, Ph.D. Pekka Rehumäki, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
1845-2000 Excursion Possibility to the Exhibition of Sculptor Pauno Pohjolainen at Galleria Sculptor (free of charge). The Exhibition relates to his speech in the Symposium.
Galleria Sculptor, Eteläranta 12