Alvar Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer born in 1898. He studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and later worked for architects in Helsinki and Jyväskylä. In 1923, he established his own architectural firm in Jyväskylä, which later moved to Helsinki. Aalto's work is characterized by his use of natural materials, such as wood and stone, and his organic forms that blend with the surrounding environment. He designed a wide range of buildings, including private homes, public buildings, and furniture. Some of his most famous works include the Paimio Sanatorium, the Viipuri Library, and the Finlandia Hall. Aalto was also a professor of architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He received numerous awards for his work, including the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1957. Aalto passed away in 1976, but his legacy continues to inspire architects and designers around the world.