Panu Lehtovuori is the Professor of Planning Theory at the Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture. Before the current position, he was the Professor of Urban Studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture (2005-2008 in charge, 2008-2012 full professor).
Lehtovuori graduated as an architect from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in 1995. A co-founder and partner of Livady Architects, a Helsinki-based practice, Lehtovuori held teaching positions in spatial and housing design between 1995 and 1998.
In 1999-2002 Lehtovuori prepared his doctoral dissertation at the Graduate School for Urban and Planning Studies. The work, "Experience and Conflict" (2005), presents a new conceptualisation of public urban space, valorises the changes of the use of urban space in Helsinki, and tests a new, experiential approach to planning and urban design.
In 2001, Lehtovuori was the visiting research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. From 2005 to 2012 he coordinated the module “Urban Interventions” of the international European MA in Urban Cultures (POLIS).
Lehtovuori and his team have received several prizes, purchases, and mentions in architectural and planning competitions. He is a member of the editorial board of Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu (The Finnish Journal of Urban Studies) and the Finnish Architectural Review. In the Spatial Intelligence Unit SPIN, Lehtovuori acts as an associate.