Panu Savolainen profile picture
Docent, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies
Apulaisprofessori (Aalto-yliopisto), Dosentti (Turun yliopisto)


Areas of expertise

urban history
architectural history
historical timber structures
sensory history
historical archaeology
cultural heritage
digital humanities
historical GIS


Currently I work as an assistant professor of History of Architecture and Architectural Conservation at Aalto University (Espoo, Finland).

I graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 2009 (MSc in Architecture) and from the University of Turku in 2013 (MA in History). I defended my doctoral thesis at the University of Turku in 2017. 

Before my academic career I worked as a researcher in two museums and as a planner in architectural office.


I teach occasionally at the University of Turku (Dept. of History).


My research interests include themes around material culture, historical GIS, building archaeology, architecture and urban space from seventeenth- to ninteenth-centuries.

I'm leading the project (from 1/2020) Medieval timber structures in Finland: The process of construction and structural innovations of the roof structures in medieval stone churches funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Besides my research activities I have published one children's book and made several scholarly and non-scholarly graphic design projects and illustrations for museums and book publishers.


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