Our mission is to be an innovative, reliable and co-operative design partner.

PES-Architects is one of the leading and most international architectural design firms in Finland. Professor, Architect Pekka Salminen, founded the company in 1968, giving the office over 40 years of continuous success, based on creative talent, hard work and commitment to finding outstanding solutions to complex projects.

Our planned and built projects are significant and include such complex public buildings as theatres, airports and railway terminals, as well as university buildings, schools, sport facilities, retail developments, office buildings, housing developments and demanding refurbishment projects. Besides architectural design, our design activities also include interior design, urban planning, structural design and project management.

We operate mainly in Finland and China but have also carried projects in the Gulf Region and in Russia. We have operated in China since 2003 and in 2010 we opened our Shanghai office.

We have a diverse and international design team representing over 10 different nations, with over 60 members of staff operating out of our Helsinki office with a further circa 10 located in our Shanghai office.

In our design process we use the latest BIM-modelling technology with AutoDesk Revit Architecture, for which we have over 20 BIM licenses. We also use Rhinoceros, Artlantis, SketchUp and Adobe programs.

Sustainable design, in terms of ecological, economical and architectural quality, is essential and is a self-evident part of our design solutions. We are constantly expanding our cooperative network of specialists in various sustainability and energy saving engineering fields. We are committed to continuing and expanding these partnerships to address challenges in design and to provide cross-disciplinary
and creative solutions to our clients.

Who we are

Pekka Salminen Professor, Architect SAFA, President, Chief Architect

Tuomas Silvennoinen Architect SAFA, Design Director, Chief Architect

Jarkko Salminen Msc. CEO  

Arttu Suomalainen Architect SAFA, Chief Architect

STAFF

Partners

Pekka Salminen
Partner, Professor, Architect SAFA, President
Tuomas Silvennoinen
Partner, Architect SAFA, Design Director
Jarkko Salminen
Partner, Civil Engineer, M.Sc, CEO
Arttu Suomalainen
Partner, Architect SAFA, Design Director, Transportation, FISE AA-PS

Senior architects and designers

Mia Bungers, Architect SAFA, Project architect,
FISE Vaativa PS
Tuija Flander, Interior Architect SIO
Vesa Hinkola, Architect SAFA
Sami Lauritsalo, Architect, Design Manager,
Project Development
Kai Lindvall, Designer, Design Manager, Interiors
Jyrki Lottonen, Architect SAFA, Design Manager,
FISE AA-PS
Martin Lukasczyk, Architect SAFA, Development Director
Jyrki Nieminen, Architect SAFA, Senior Project Manager, FISE AA-PS
Pekka Mäkelä, Architect, Project Manager
Harri Ojala, Architect SAFA, Senior Architect
Jouni Rekola, Architect SAFA, Project Manager

Architects and designers

Milla Alaraatikka, Interior Designer, Artesan
Teija Anttila-Minkkinen, Interior Designer, Artesan
Aino Aropaltio, Design Assistant, Building Conservator BA
Willem Barendregt, Architect
Eleanna Breza, Architect SAFA Christina Blom, Architect SAFA, Project Architect
Erkki Dankwa, Architect BSc, Project Architect
Hanna Eskelinen, Architect SAFA
Miguel Freitas Silva, Architect MSc
Martin Genet, Architect MA
Riku Haaramäki, Design Assistant
Hannes Halttunen, Architect MSc
Senni Helenius, Interior Designer, Artesan
Tristan Hughes, Architect SAFA, RIBA, USGBC LEED Green Associate
Essi Ilola, Interior Architect AMK Tiina Juntunen, Interior Designer, Artesan
Tuomas Järvinen, Architect MSc,
Project Architect, LEED AP
Matti Kankkunen, Designer MA
Mikko Karppanen, Interior Architect SIO
Saara-Maria Koskinen, Architect SAFA,
Project Architect
Leevi Kerola, Architect
Janne Kähkönen, Project Architect
Lennart Lang, Architect SAFA, Project Architect
Emanuel Lopes, Architect MSc
Toivo Moustgaard, Architect SAFA, BIM Development
Masahide Nakane, Architect MSc
Erkka Peltonen, Architect SAFA
Miikka Penttinen, Architect SAFA
Tuukka Päivärinne, Architect SAFA
Tiia Rantanen, Design Assistant
Jukka Rajala, Architect SAFA
Beatriz Redondo Navarro, Architect MSc,
(maternity leave)
Simon Richardus, Architect MSc
Satu Mattila, Interior Architect SIO, Project Architect
André van Tulder, Architect SAFA, Revit Specialist
Okko Vaara, Graduating Architect
Edita Valenius, Interior Designer, Artesan
Janne Vesterinen, Architect SAFA
Milla Vuorinen, Architect SAFA, BIM Coordinator
Peng Yan, Project Architect
Ville Ylönen, Architect SAFA, Project Architect
Cillian Warfield, Architect SAFA
Brian Watts, M.Arch
Li Wei, Architect BSc
Yizhou Zhao, Architect Msc

Administration

Tiina Efrati, Graphic Designer, Project Assistant
Yariv Efrati, Administrative Manager
Soile Rajaharju, BBA, Financial Assistant
Telle Salminen, Assistant, International Affairs
Elias Sammalkorpi, Maintenance Assistant
Miska Ylönen, BBA, Office Assistant

PES-Architects Consulting (Shanghai) Co.Ltd

Lai Linli, Architect MSc, Grade A licensed Architect, General Manager
Jyri Eskola, Architect SAFA, Project Managing Architect
Xiaoming Tan, BA, Marketing Manager
Dou Jian, Architect
Vanessa Qian, Financial Assistant
Fang Hai, Architect MSc, PhD, Advisor
Guan Xiaojing(Jing) , project managing architect

STUDIO

Office building 1976, atelier 1987
Extension and renovation 2008, 2013

A working environment for the architecture office in a building for which the appearance of the facades
as well as the interior is based upon a simple wood frame construction system: laminated wood beams on twin posts. A flexible furniture system compatible with the building has been designed for the office.

The atelier's spatial structure is built around three elements that represent continuity in building: a cast-iron staircase, a tile stove, and a model of a wooden sailboat. The 19th century cast-iron staircase was found among
the demolition salvage of a construction firm. The oven, probably designed at the beginning of the century by
Valter Jung as part of the selection offered by Tampereen Kaakelitehdas (Tile works) is located in a concrete inglenook, which may be seen as an oversized fireplace "fit for roosting an ox".

The sailboat model is situated in a showcase which projects out from the facade next to the private entry. The north-east-facing atelier window slopes inward, following tradition. The window of the kitchen-cum-meeting-room slopes outward and connects the interior to the front garden, which is surrounded by a concrete block wall. The covered patios of the office have been extended on the atelier side with various outdoor areas. Paving materials include concrete, red brick, wood, cobblestone and natural stone in various combinations.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2013 China International Interior Design Festival,
Golden Seat Architectural and Interior Design Master Award (Pekka Salminen)
2013 Architizer A+Award, Wuxi Grand Theatre, (Jury Winner)
2012 China National Interior Decoration Association, Main Design Award
2012 China National Interior Decoration Association,
Chinese bamboo decoration design, Award for Outstanding Contribution
2012 City of Wuxi Architecture Award, China
2003 Finnish State Award for Arts (Pekka Salminen)
2003 German Architecture Prize, Award
2003 German Concrete Architecture Prize
2002 Architecture Prize of the state of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern of Germany
2002 (Honorary Mention) Balthasar-Neumann Prize, Germany
1999, 2001 (Honorary Mention) Finnish Steel Construction Prize
1977, 1982, 1994, 2001 Finnish Concrete Architecture Prize

Since 1986, we have consistently been working on design commissions for Helsinki Vantaa Airport, with the main projects being the International Terminal T2, completed in 1999 and the Non-Schengen Terminal Phase 1 completed in 2004.

Since 1997, Helsinki Vantaa Airport has been chosen as one of Europe’s best airports.
In international passenger surveys, Helsinki Airport has placed in the top rank in Europe and even in the world.

2010 Best airport in the Northern Europe, (Skytrax)
2010 Airport of the Year in Finland, (Finavia)
2010 Best airport to make a connection, (Monocle Magazine)
2009 Best in the world in baggage delivery, (Skytrax)
2009 Best airport in the world, (Monocle Magazine)
2008 Fifth best in the world, (Wanderlust Magazine)
2008 Ninth best in the world, (Skytrax)
2008 Third best in the world in baggage delivery, (Skytrax)
2007 Third best in Europe, (ASQ)
2007 Second best Airport in the world in baggage delivery, (Skytrax)
2007 Best in Europe, (Reader's Digest Magazine)
2006 Third best in the world by size, (ASQ)
2006 Third best in Europe, (ASQ)
2006 Second best in Europe, (Skytrax)
2006 World’s best security processing, (Skytrax)
2006 Golden Pillow Award, (Sleeping in Airports)
2006 Award of Excellence, (Air Cargo World)
2005 Third best in the world by size, (AETRA)
2005 Third best in Europe, (AETRA)
2004 Best in the world by size, (AETRA)
2004 Second best in Europe, (AETRA)
2002 Service Excellence Award, (Airport World Magazine)
2001 Service Excellence Award, (Airport World Magazine)
2000 Best in the world by size, (IATA)
2000 Best in Europe, (IATA)
2000 Service Excellence Award, (Airport World Magazine)
1999 Best in the world by size, (IATA)
1999 Golden Key, (The Association for Finnish Work)
1998 Best in the world, (IATA)
1997 Best in Europe, (IATA)