Welcome to the Hjelt Foundations
The three Hjelt Foundations were created because of very important events that have considerably influenced my life.
Having lost a child due to Spina Bifida, a most traumatic experience that no family should have to go through, the Bo Hjelt Foundation for Spina Bifida in memory of Madeleine Hjelt was set up to aid research into its’ prevention.
The Bo and Kerstin Hjelt Foundation for research into Diabetes II was set up because, being a diabetic myself, I wanted to contribute to research in this field as it is increasing rapidly worldwide.
Finally, The Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation was created in honour of my parents. I wanted to return to Finland some pieces of art that my Finnish-born father had collected; and to create the Falsterbonaset Open Air Museum in memory of my mother’s happy times in Falsterbo (five bronze statues by the Swedish sculptor Gudmar Olovson).
The Hjelt Foundations’ main objectives are to support scientific research and to work towards the internationalization of Finnish art life.
Esther Charlesworth is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She will be in Finland to discuss humanitarian architecture. Read more
The Diabetes Foundation: The application period for next year’s research grants is 15 October to 1 December. Research grants are awarded to applicants at the Medical Faculties of Lund University, Sweden and Geneva University, Switzerland. Read more/apply
Architect, professor Toshiko Mori and Master’s Students in Architecture, Florence Lam and Benjamin Hayes, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will explore future opportunities for the Säynätsalo Town Hall, one of Alvar Aalto’s icons of modern architecture. Read more