icam 30 YEARS – Helsinki revisited
Symposium: The Future of Architecture Museums

icam was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 1979. 36 participants, representing 25 different institutions, attended the first icam meeting that took place in the fortified island of Suomenlinna, off the South harbor of the city, on 20–25 August, 1979. Thirty years later it’s time to celebrate!

Symposium 20–22 August 2009
Detailed information: Symposium program
Post-Symposium tour: starting August 23
Detailed information: post-Symposium tour

organizing body
Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
symposium organizers:
Severi Blomstedt, Director,
Kristiina Nivari,
Symposium secretariat: Hanna Galtat,

symposium venue
Museum of Finnish Architecture, Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki
Symposium / day 1:
Suomenlinna Pirunkirkko -party room, Suomenlinna C 28
Symposium / day 2
Finnish National Museum, Auditorium
Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki

Total program of symposium 20.–22.8. included
Registration and payment by April 30 / after April 30
icam members EUR 180,00 / EUR 230,00
Ex-icam members EUR 180,00 / EUR 230,00
Partners of icam members EUR 100,00 / EUR 150,00
Non-icam members EUR 200,00 / EUR 250,00

Post-symposium tour to St. Petersburg 23.–27.8. EUR 885 / 685. Sign-up by 30 April.

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ICAM-30-Years – Helsinki

symposium program
Symposium: The Future of Architecture Museums. 20.–22.8.2009

icam 30 YEARS – Helsinki revisited
Symposium: The Future of Architecture Museums

20–22 August 2009

Thursday 20 August
10:00–16:00 Registration
Museum of Finnish Architecture, Kasarmikatu 24

Board meeting / Board only
Museum of Finnish Architecture

13:00–16:30 Pre–symposium tour
Departure from the Museum of Finnish Architecture

A bus excursion to see Helsinki architecture. Special theme
Organized by Helsinki City Planning Office

18:00–19:30 Reception at the Old Town Hall (the Bock House)
Aleksanterinkatu 20

Reception hosted by the City of Helsinki

Friday 21 August
9:30 Depature to Suomenlinna Fortress
By boat from the Market Place

10:00–11:00 Presentation of the Fortress Suomenlinna/Sveaborg

Symposium registration
Visitor Centre

11:00 Symposium: ”30 years icam”
Pirunkirkko, Suomenlinna C 28

Welcome / Severi Blomstedt
Key-note speach / Dietmar Steiner
Anniversary speech / Juhani Pallasmaa
30 years of icam / Angela Giral

13:00 Lunch
Restaurant Yläkerho

14:30–16:30 Symposium: Afternoon session
Panel discussion / icam presidents and general secretaries / moderator: Barry Bergdoll
Angela Giral
Jöran Lindvall
Juhani Pallasmaa
Elisabeth Seip
Michael Snodin
Dietmar Steiner
Wim de Wit

16:45 Departure back to the city

20:00 Anniversary dinner at Restaurant Klippan
Departure by boat from Ehrenströmintie

Saturday 22 August
9:00 Excursion ”Homes of Architects” / Hvitträsk, Alvar Aalto’s Houses
Departure: bus stop in front of Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art,
Mannerheiminaukio 2

13:00–14:00 Lunch
Cafeteria of the Finnish National Museum, Mannerheimintie 34

14:00–18:00 Symposium: Future of Architectural Museums
Finnish National Museum, auditorium, Mannerheimintie 34

Architecture museums today / Dietmer Steiner
Exhibitions, or Revisionism Reified / Jean-Louis Cohen
Collecting architecture today and tomorrow / Manuel Blanco
Art and Architecture / Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathaus
Tendencies in architectural history / Claes Caldenby
Panel discussion moderated by Jean-Louis Cohen

20:00 Reception & buffet at the Museum of Finnish Architecture
The exhibition ”Decades of Finnish Architecture” is open from 19:00 to

Post tour :

post-seminar to St. Petersbzrg 23.-27.08.

Guided by Charles Hind, RIBA and Timo Keinänen, Museum of Finnish Architecture.


Sunday August 23rd
Departure to St. Petersburg by bus at 9:00. Visit Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
Coffee break before the border crossing. Short visit in Vyborg, Library by Alvar Aalto.
Arriving to St. Petersburg in the evening. Accommodation.

Monday August 24th

Bus tour: Imperial St. Petersburg, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Smolna Monastery, Peter and Paul Fortress, Stone Island Prospect. Lunch. Visit the Russian Museum. In the evening boat tour along canals.

Tuesday August 25th
Bus tour: The State Hermitage Museum, architectural drawings. Lunch. Duke Vladimir’s palace. Nevsky Prospect and its palaces and churches, The Kazan Cathedral. Evening free.

Wednesday August 26th
Bus tour: Imperial Palaces in Tsarskoe Selo, Catherine’s Palace, Cameron Gallery, Alexander Palace. Lunch. Pavlovsk and its garden. Evening free.

Thursday August 27th
Departure to Helsinki at 8:30. Drive to Helsinki via Helsinki-Vantaa Airport if needed.
Arriving to Helsinki about 16:00.

Cost per person EUR 885 in single room, EUR 685 in shared double room.

The rate includes
Transportation throughout the tour by private air-conditioned coach
4 nights accommodation
4 breakfasts and 3 lunches (drinks not included)
Entrance fees to museums
Boat tour along canals
English speaking guides

Russian Visa handling

Every participant has to apply Russian visa before the tour in their own country. More information and instructions will be given to participants after sign-ups.

The post conference tour will be organized with a minimum 25 participants. Maximum number of participants is limited to 35 persons.

Sign-up is requested by 30 April.

Responsible tour operator: Matka-Prima Oy, Iso Roobertinkatu 1, FI 00120 Helsinki.

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