Miia Perkkiö is the Head of Restoration unit of The Governing Body of Suomenlinna. She graduated in 1997 from the University of Oulu, Department of Architecture, with a Master’s degree in Architecture. In 2007 she obtained her doctorate from the same university, with a thesis on “Utilitas in restoration. The re-use of historical buildings and functional integrity”. She began her professional career as a designer, restoration and renovation specialist at Trium Arkkitehdit Oy from 2005-2018, where she among other things worked on Kulturanta, the summer residence of the President of Finland. She became the main designer in renovation projects at Arkkitehdit Davidsson Tarkela Oy, which included a project on the Helsinki City Hall. In 2013, she was the chief curator at the Finnish National Board of Antiquities, a position she held until 2015. In this capacity Miia Perkkiö was responsible for the organisation of the research, restorations and antiquarian control of Finnish most important strategic monuments. During the period stretching from 2004-2016, she was also a lecturer at the University of Oulu, treating the subject of history of architecture. Currently, she holds the position of Head of Restoration unit of the Governing Body of Suomenlinna, which is a government agency that restores, maintains and administers Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Miia Perkkiö has participated in numerous international conferences throughout all of Europe, including the in Berlin, Bologna, Ljubljana, etc. She has published over 60 articles on restoration, renovation, built-heritage and architecture in general. She acted as secretary of DOCOMOMO Suomi – Finland (International Working Party for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement), from 2011-2014. As a restoration specialist, her main expertise covers knowledge on constructions from different periods, as well as an extended experience in building restoration and renovation methods of both traditional stone and wooden architecture.