Kivi Sotamaa, a faculty member since 2007, previously taught at Ohio State University and the University of Angewandte Kunst, Institut fur Architektur in Vienna. He is the principal of Sotamaa Design ltd. In addition to heading Sotamaa Design, Kivi is the Director of ADD LAB - Aalto Digital Design Laboratory at Aalto University and an Associate Professor at UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki [TAIK] and has studied at the Helsinki University of Technology and the Royal College of Art in London. Until 2005 he was one of the founders and principals of Ocean North. Kivi Sotamaa’s creative work is widely published and exhibited. His work has been exhibited by MoMA, the Wexner Centre for the Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Fondazione Trussardi and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa. Publications featuring his work include the New York Times, Phaidon’s 10×10 Architects [1&2], New Scandinavian Design, Forum Sweden, AD, Praxis, Kenhiku Bunka, L’Arca and Domus.
“Kivi Sotamaa explores a formal vocabulary which reflects his fluid, less bounded, more organic way of working and communicating. In his work there is a resurfacing of ideas that developed earlier in 20th century by surrealist painters painters, filmakers, poets - having to do with the subconcious, having to do with dreams, water, fluidity, and the dissolution of the boundaries that reason applies to experience - with which reason tries to categorise experience. Sotamaa is developing a vocabulary which draws on and expands surrealist ideas into architecture. His work is not just about the technology, the new, the digital - but the continuity with ideas that are integral to modern art.” [New York Times Architecture Critic Herbert Muschamp]
M.A., University of Art and Design Helsinki Talk