ESTLANDER MEDAL TO YRJÖ SOTAMAA
Design Forum Finland / The Finnish Society of Crafts and Design wanted to celebrate the centenary year of Finland's independence and gave out the Estlander Medal, named after the Society's founder, Carl-Gustaf Estlander. The receiver was Professor Yrjö Sotamaa, former Rector of the University of Art and Design Helsinki and reformer of design education and research. With the choice, the Society wishes to emphasize Sotamaa's contribution to raising new generations of designers. Design has been strongly involved in building the Finnish society and will have a significant role in the future, too. Yrjö Sotamaa has brought new modes of thinking and forms of cooperation into design education, and under his rectorship the University, presently part of the Aalto University, rose to the summit of the world's design schools.
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