Essi Nisonen

Architect (MSc)


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I am an Architect, Doctoral Researcher and Teacher in Sustainable Housing Design, and a member of the Sustainable Housing Design research group ASUTUT and part of the Spatial Socialization and Environmental Citizenship Research Collective SPECS

I'm interested in developing architecture education through perspectives of environmental education, and especially interested in exploring paths for integrating empathy and care as starting points of architects’ professional identity and praxis. My doctoral research focuses on the (professional) values and cultures transmitted through architecture education and their connection to architects’ ability to work within planetary boundaries and to promote eco-social justice. 
My passion is in exploring paths for transformative learning beyond the status quo of architecture education and extending these discoveries towards resilient, responsive and democratic cultures of learning and practicing architecture in the climate emergency.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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