Katja Huovinen, architect and Doctor of Science (Architecture) lives and practices in Italy. Her research is focused on the practical side and on the economic conditions of the urban conservation. Her practice is based on the conservation of authenticity, details, and on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
In her Licentiate thesis she has studied the dialogue – and the conflict – between past and present in a Southern Italian Agro-town. Her dissertation compares the practice, realisation and results of Urban Conservation in three UNESCO listed European city centres. She is concerned on safeguarding of functional and social diversity in historic centres, and on maintaining the conditions for modern living without undermining the authenticity of a historic city, often in danger to be transformed to a non-lieu, theme park or Disneyland.
During her doctoral research she has collaborated on workshops with Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and guided master’s theses on historic centres in Italy.