Toni Yli-Suvanto was born 1972 in Kemijärvi, in Finnish Lapland. in 1999 he received Diploma in Architecture at Swiss Federal Insitute of Technologhy ETH Zürich in Switzerland, and before establishing his own practice he worked in several internationally reckognised architectural practices in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.
While collaborating at David Chipperfield Architects in London 1999 - 2001, he worked on Città delle Culture museum in Milan, and his design team won the first prize in three international design competitions. He was also in charge of the company’s technological design development.
Thereafter he joined Eger Architects as a company associate, to lead a design team for the Grassroots Community Resource Centre in East London. The project received awards such as the Best Built Project at the London Planning Awards and the Best Healthcare Buildings in UK from CABE.
In 2003 he established his first architectural practice in London. He worked on private projects and provided consultation related services to internationally recognized companies such as David Chipperfield Architects, Adjaye Associates and Metropolitan Workshop.
After moving to Finland in 2007, he established his current practice in Helsinki. He accomplished academic programs at Aalto University for energy efficiency in construction and healthy renovation, and worked on private and public projects with the continuing focus on sustainability.
He has led several successful international competition entries, and his interviews have been established in the architectural media in Europe and USA. Beside his design work, he is actively involved in several research programs in the field of low carbon solutions and healthy construction.
The recent responsibilities have given him an opportunity to study closely diverse application possibilities as well as environmental and health related benefits of solid wood as construction material, and to explore biological and technical circular economy solutions in the field of adaptive reuse of existing constructions.