Johan Tali (born 24.09.1986 in Tallinn, Estonia) graduated 2012 from studio Hani Rashid with a masters degree in Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna after having previously studied architecture and urban planning at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Currently Tali is a PHD student at The Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Architecture, where his research is focused on concepts of scalability of public space.
His professional career includes design architect positions at soma architecture (2010-2012) and Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH (2012-2013) in Vienna and as an architect at Studio Tomás Saraceno and Graft Architects in Berlin (2014-2015). Since 2015 He works as an architect in and from Tallinn on a range of projects in all scales of architecture among a pool of worldwide collaborators.
In 2014, he co-curated and co-designed the Estonian Exhibition “INTERSPACE” at the XIV La Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition entitled “Fundamentals”.
In late 2014, Tali co-founded the initiative to form a joint pavilion for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the XV La Biennale di Venezia International Architecture exhibition entitled „Reporting from the Front“. Later on in 2016 he became the co-curator and designer of the joint exhibition „The Baltic Pavilion“. The success of the show in Venice led to a follow-up exhibition in Tallinn entitled „The Operative Archive“ (open from 9-20th of March 2017) and a planned parallel show in London entitled „Baltic Material Assemblies“ to be held simultaneously in 2018 spring in AA School of Architecture and RIBA main building.
Johan Tali has written about architecture and design culture for various newspapers and magazines, including SIRP, MAJA, IDEE, EESTI PÄEVALEHT, POSTIMEES in Estonia, and also for international publications ART TERRITORY, N-WIND, VOLUME, to name a few.
He has lectured in Helsinki, London, Riga, Vilnius, Venice and Tallinn. He is Currently teaching an Urban Studies Masterclass on urban infrastructure at The Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Urban Studies at Estonian Academy of Arts.
Starting this year he is a researcher and project manager at THE UNFINISHED CITY three year research project investigating contemporary city planning problematics exemplified around Tallinn.