Kari Nykänen is the City Planning Director for the City of Oulu. He is responsible for steering strategic land use, urban functions and new developments. His special interests are sustainability, climate consciousness and citizen’s well-being. He is also keen on developing planning tools and participation methods to affirm community values, needs and aspirations. He has been awarded in several urban planning and design competitions. Prior to his current position, he ran his own architectural studio M3 Architects and taught urban design at the University of Oulu.