Our story and people
Plehat Ltd was established in the early 2017 by Lauri Lemmenlehti, Mikko Vekkeli and Tuomo Ranto. The founders have experienced careers in various fields of planning and have been entrepreneurs in several companies.
Our first office was located in an old limousine garage in Helsinki.
For a long time it had been a space for architecture student groups and a hatchery for several big-name architecture offices. Today we are located in A-Grid business incubator in Aalto University campus. Plehat has grown to employ seven people and we aim at fast growth. We operate in two divisions: landscape consulting and software development.
What characterizes our office is that our employees have a very broad background in various fields of expertise at a personal level.
We value general education and we draw inspiration for our work from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. We support graduate students in landscape architecture and do basic research on modeling the natural environment in relation to the built environment.
Lauri and Mikko worked as lecturers at the Aalto University Department of Architecture during fall 2017 and spring 2018. The courses explored the combination of landscape architecture and virtual reality experiences. However, it became clear that dividing the attention between education and the company was not good and we decided to focus on growing the company
Environmental planning IT tools have lagged behind other construction sectors due to the relatively small size of the market and the difficulty of modeling the natural environment compared to modeling buildings.
Our most important task is to provide these tools to environmental designers, to improve the quality of design and gradually move towards environmental impact simulations.
Our company’s background is in landscape architecture and we consider environmental design an integral part of our identity.
We do landscape architecture consulting and along with it we offer our broad digital competency. In our team we have brought together considerable part of top digital know-how of the field. We are growing our business consciously to answer the most difficult questions in our field of research.
Our field is extensive and difficult and so our goal is long-term development far in the future.
Lauri graduated as a landscape architect in 2016. Previously he studied international trade in Amsterdam and architecture in Bordeaux. Lauri talks and envisiones the future fluently in multiple languages. Lauri is interested in the design field and following the video game industry. These he aims to bring together in the company operations.
Mikko graduated as a landscape architect in 2017. Mikko is a former professional football player and current championship level triathlonist – a diehard sportsman so to say. Formerly he worked hard at landscape architecture offices at Loci and Maanlumo, and he is one of the Finnish top in modeling landscapes. Mikko is extremely efficient and reliable team player.
Beata graduated as a landscape architect in 2018. Before that she has also graduated as technical illustrator and aircraft technician. Beata’s wide field of expertise show as an ability to take control of all kinds of design tasks and to adapt quickly even to difficult ones.
Petri is one of Finland’s top in combining landscape architecture and game engines. He is active in the environmental organization Dodo and he has played a central role in several pioneering projects combining urban planning and spatial information. Petri builds design software in Plehat and ensures the functionality of the software we produce.
Jari is our team’s game developer. His knowledge in databases and integrating game mechanics merge into the environmental design experience. Being a full stack game developer, Jari is in a key position for creating funny and insightful tools for environmental designing.
Johanna is developing her Master’s thesis at Plehat about modeling landscape elements in virtual environments. Her meticulous academic attitude is highly valuable for the whole international field of landscape architecture.
Tofelius is the multilingual multitasker in our office. He graduated from the French-Finnish school in Helsinki in 2019. In addition to taking care of current matters in the office, he also carries out drone filming and modeling issues.
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