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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning


College of Architecture and Planning

Taisto H. Mäkelä, Ph.D.

Associate Professor AND Director, Finnish Initiatives 

Taisto Makela

Contact Information:

Phone: 303.315.2420
Office Location: CU Denver Building, 511 

Personal website​



Degrees Held

  • PhD & MA, Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism, Princeton University.
  • BArch, University of Oregon. 
  • Dipl. Building Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Research includes aesthetic theory and the modern movement, the legacy of classicism, the art museum, the history of the city, and the vernacular.


Taisto's most recent publication is on Pietilä. He is completing a book on Gio Ponti and the Denver Art Museum and an essay on Le Corbusier and visual privilege.


  • The Classical Elements
  • History of Modern Architecture
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • ACE Mentoring

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