Toni Yli-Suvanto was born 1972 in Kemijärvi, in Finnish Lapland. in 1999 he received Diploma in Architecture at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich in Switzerland, and before establishing his own practice he worked in several internationally recognized 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 was proclaimed as one of the best healthcare buildings in UK by 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 worked on private and public projects with an increasing focus on sustainability. In particular he has explored new utilisation possibilities of solid timber structures, and implementation possibilities of the principles of circular economy in sustainable architecture.
He has led several successful international competitions, and his interviews have been established in the architectural media in Europe and USA. He is currently leading the design of several key projects, where the focus is on economic stimulation by means of healthy and ecologically sustainable built environment.
Beside his design work, he is lecturing in national and international seminars and architectural events, and is actively involved in several research programs in the field of low carbon solutions and healthy construction.