Lecturer in Architecture
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6003
- Address: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Newcastle upon Tyne
Kati was born in Finland and studied architecture and philosophy in Helsinki. She practiced in architecture from the 1980s onwards and had written numerous articles. She has previously taught in Finland, Canada, and Ireland.
Architect, worked in architectural practice, held several administrative and teaching roles in universities, published architectural articles since 1981. Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA): member from 1988, since then Member of the board (1993-1995); Assistant Chair woman (1995); Member of the committee of Education and Research (1993-1994); Chairman in the committee of working relationships (1994).
Roles and Responsibilities
Module Design Leader in Stage 1/BA 2008-2009, in Stage 3/BA , semester 1 in 2007-2008, 2006-2007, 2005-2006, both semesters in 2004-2005. Design Project Leader in Stage 3, BA (both semesters in 2007-2008, 2006-2007, 2005-2006, 2004-2005, 2003-2004 and second semester in 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2002-2003).Design Project Leader in Stage 1/BA ( 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2003-2004 ). Design tutor in Stage 2/BA (2003-2004), design Tutor in Stage 2/BA (2013-2014, 2002-2003). Unit leader in BA/MARC 2016-2017. Module leader in professional studies/architectural presentation (communication in analogical media) in the first semester of the first year (2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010). International liaison in BA (2014-2015, 2012-2013, 2011-2012).
Architect, (SAFA) Helsinki University of Technology, 1987
Bachelor in Arts, Helsinki University, 2003 (aesthetics, semiology, theoretical philosophy, comparative literature).
Separate studies in Pedagogy and Philosophy in Finland.
Senior and junior design assistant in various Finnish architectural offices from 1974 onwards.
Project leader and instructor in various projects in Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Architecture from 1984 onwards, latest 1997. Administrative work within the deapartment (exchange studies), and in the Study Office in the University of Technology (pedagogical studies and curriculum development).
Visiting Project Leader in Manitoba University, Winnipeg, Canada (1996)
Lecturer in Dublin Institute of Technology (2002)
SAFA, ARCHITECTA, Rakennustaiteen seura
Honours and Awards
The Foundation for Finnish Visual Arts in the United States, awards 1998, 2003. Finnish Cultural Foundation, a grant in 2003.
Finnish, Swedish, English, German
Contemporary architecture, arts, drawing.
Contemporary architecture, glass in architecture, phenomenology, environmental aesthetics
Main research interest is spatial imagination, especially perceptual collisions in environmental experience and their philosophical interpretations. Philosophical interests lie in phenomenological 'realism' of Roman Ingarden and Edit Stein, Edmund Husserls' Ideen ii, Gernot Böhme's notes on atmosphere, and the notions of freedom or revolt in Julia Kristeva. When applied to architectural criticism spatial experience can be interpreted as series of kinaesthetic and sensuous incidents. This method is useful especially when studying Finnish architecture where spatial sequential thinking is prevalent, e.g. architectures of Juha Leiviskä, Alvar Aalto, Reima Pietilä, and Lahdelma-Mahlamäki.
Kati Blom has been involved in organising ispa Straining Pulp-Theory from Architectural Discourse -symposium June 2010 together with Dr Carolyn Fahey, ispa EAAE two and a half days conference July 2012 together with Dr Carolyn Fahey, and starting a network under the title Architecture's Unconscious from summer 2013 onwards (own initiative). My PhD supervisors Dr Nathaniel Coleman and prof Andrew Ballantyne have been supporting me in these processes.
Kati Blom is also interested in activating BA students in their own theoretical thinking- organising occasional ASKKATI sessions (academic years 2010-11 and 2011-12).
Finnish Cultural Foundation, grant in 2003
Finnish Foundation for Visual Arts in New York, grant 2003
Current 2013-2014: Module leader in Stage 1 for BA Architectural studies (professional studies), Project Leader in Stage 3 of BA Architectural Studies and project tutor in Stage 2 design projects in BA Architectural Studies.
- Blom K. Transparency and Catatonia. In: Menin, S, ed. Constructing Place: Mind and the Matter of Place-making. London & New York: Routledge, 2003, pp.189-201.
- Blom K. Lainehtiva valo. Undulating light. ARK- Arkkitehti. The Finnish Architectural Review 2004, 101(3/2004), 72-85.
- Blom K. Arkkitehtinero supermodernismin lasin takana - kielletty orgaanisuus [Architect genius behind the glass of super modernism - forbidden organic]. In: Taava Koskinen, ed. Kirjoituksia neroudesta /Myytit, kultit, persoonat [Genius: the myths, cults and individuals]. Helsinki: SKS, 2006, pp.335-375.
- Blom K. Mica Moraine and Emotions. In: Niskanen, A; Jetsonen, S-L; Lindh, T, ed. Hikes into Pietila terrain. Helsinki: Rakennustaiteenseura, Taidehistorian seura, 2007, pp.23-35.
- Blom K. Activating senses. Kindergartens in Finland. Irish Architect 2002, (182), 14-15.
- Blom K. "Glass, Transparency, and Light". Irish Architect 2002, (181), 13-14.
- Blom K. "Illusions in the surface - transparency and doubt. Kuvajainen lasipinnassa - lapinakyvyys ja eparointi.". ARK Arkkitehti - The Finnish Architectural review 2002, 99(2/2002), 22-31.
- Blom K. Concretism and Critique. Newcastle upon Tyne: International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, 2009. Available at: http://isparchitecture.com/concretism-and-critique-by-kati-blom/.
- Blom K. Fictional space as a mediator between the unconscious spatial imagination and conscious signification process. The role of dissonance within kinaesthetic 'images' and visual images. In: the Cultural Role of Architecture. 2010, Lincoln University, Lincoln, UK.
- Blom K. Interiorities and exteriorities of rejection in fictional space; Gernot Böhme’s atmosphere revisited. In: Sensory Worlds, Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory. 2011, University of Edinburgh, UK.
- Blom K. Pietilä's crystal for the Finnish President. Architectoni.ca 2013, 2, 1-17.
- Blom Kati. Vertigo in environmental experience- objects of architecture and the case of shattered sensorium. In: Architecture and the Unconsious. 2013, Newcastle University, SAPL. In Preparation.
- Blom K. Imaginative Enclave in Maison de Verre. In: John Shannon Hendrix and Lorens Eyan Holm, ed. Architecture and the Unconscious. Farnham: Ashgate/Routledge, 2016, pp.233-251.