Artto Aaro is partner and chief architect of APRT, a Helsinki-based international studio for architecture, city planning and design founded in 1994 together with architects Teemu Palo, Yrjö Rossi and Hannu Tikka. APRT has been bestowed with a number of other prestigious awards. Among them are the Finnish State Prize for Architecture in 2008 (for dedicated work in service of Finnish contemporary architecture), the Rose for Building award in 2008 (Vuosaari Harbor), the Wooden Structure of the Year Award in 2002 (Sibelius Hall Congress and Concert Hall in Lahti 2000) and the Finnish Concrete Award in 1999 (Raisio Library and Auditorium 1999) and 2008 (Vuosaari Harbor). APRT became known in 1994 when it won the international architecture competition for urban planning of the Danish Ørestad region which led to a 10 year long assignment. Arto Aaro is the principal designer of the spectator stand and multipurpose building “Railo” in the sports arena in Rovaniemi, completed in 2015. Railo is the recent winner of the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2016, awarded by the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) and selected by former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen. Another building by APRT in Rovaniemi is “Pilke”, office and exhibition building for State Forest Enterprise /Metsähallitus, completed in 2010. This completely wooden structure building won the Wooden Structure of the Year award in 2011. In 2010 APRT also won the invitation competition for Rovaniemi Border Guard Area Master Plan. The area is currently being developed.