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Selim is a Helsinki-based contemporary platform for editorial / curatorial / cultural / visual / spatial projects founded by Mika Savela and Henrik Drufva.

We aim to instigate projects with alternating cultural approaches with our publications, exhibitions, designs, displays and items - often "occurring" outside of the white-box setting, in the margins of architecture and design. We like to think about collections, the avant-garde, otherness, mondialité, the pastoral as well as the beat of urbanity.

Mailing address:
Selim Projects
Katajanokankatu 8 D 24
00160 Helsinki


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Mika Savela
Co-Founder, Curator

Mika Savela is a curator, architect and designer. He graduated as architect from the Aalto University in Finland and has practiced professionally in urban design and architecture, as well as in more cross-disciplinary forms of design, editing, publishing and curating. He also regularly writes about architecture, cities, design, cultural practices, criticism and various observations around them.

His PhD research in the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong studied curatorial practice and the contemporary and historical narratives of Chinese urbanism. At CUHK, he also contributed to the teaching, exhibitions and publications of the M.Sc in Urban Design program. He has also taught at the Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and Architecture. He was appointed as the curator for MOPCAP 2015-16 program with the MOP Foundation, and as a Mellon Researcher (2016-17) at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). He also serves as an associate for the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).

As of January 2018, he is appointed as editor-in-chief of the Finnish Architectural Review.



Henrik Drufva

Henrik Drufva is principal in his own design practice, with an extensive roster of work, ranging from apartments, private houses, office and retail spaces, historical restorations to interior design and project management. He holds a Master's degree in architecture with distinction from the Aalto University, and has also gained working, research and teaching experience in the Middle East. In the addition to co-curating the content and projects at Selim, Henrik oversees and designs exhibitions, events and productions.


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