Juha Ilmari Leiviskä
"To me, a building as it stands, 'as a piece of architecture' is nothing. Its meaning comes only in counterpoint with its surroundings, with life and with light." The son of engineer Toivo Ilmari Leiviskä and teacher Sonja Jämsén-Astala, Juha Ilmari Leiviskä is a prominent Finnish architect and designer and is Finland's best known living architect. Born on 1936 in Helsinki. He is especially known for his churches and other sacral buildings. He was regarded as one of the most significant public buildings in Finland during the 1960s, and brought much critical attention to the young architect. In his lifetime, he was able to design many churches and structures in his hometown in Finland. An integral part of the architecture of the churches has been the lamps designed by Leiviskä himself. Pendant lamps by Leiviskä are also featured in the British Library in London.