M.Arch., Tampere University of Technology, Finland
M.E.D., Yale University
Ph.D., Columbia University
Ms. Pelkonen’s scholarly work focuses on twentieth-century European and American architecture with interest in the genesis and meaning of architectural form within various national and historical contexts. Ms. Pelkonen is the author of Achtung Architektur! Image and Phantasm in Contemporary Austrian Architecture (MIT Press, 1996) and Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity and Geopolitics (Yale University Press, 2009); a coeditor of Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (Yale, 2006) and Architecture + Art: New Visions, New Strategies (Aalto Academy, 2007); and editor of Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment (Yale, 2011). Her articles have appeared in various publications, including Daidalos, Log, and Perspecta. Ms. Pelkonen’s book on Saarinen received the Philip Johnson Award, granted by the Society of Architectural Historians for the best exhibition catalogue of the year, and the Sir Banister Fletcher Award, granted annually by the Authors’ Club of London for the best book on art or architecture. Her book on Aalto won the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award, also granted by the Society of Architectural Historians, given annually for distinguished scholarship by a North American author. Prior to coming to Yale, Ms. Pelkonen worked in a number of European firms, most notably with Reima and Raili Pietilä, Architects, in Helsinki, Finland, and Volker Giencke, Architects, in Graz, Austria. She is currently a design associate with Turner Brooks Architects, where she has collaborated on such projects as the Gilder Boathouse for Yale and the Pelkonen/Brooks residence. In 2010 Ms. Pelkonen was selected by the graduating students to be awarded the Professor King-lui Wu Teaching Award. She received an M.Arch. from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, an M.E.D. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.