2010 Bachelor of Design in Glass and Ceramics Design, Savonia UAS, Kuopio Academy of Design

1974 Master of Arts in Clothing and Textile Design, University of Art and Design, Helsinki



2015 Woman of the Year 2015, Business and Professional Women Finland

2014 Kuopio medal

2012 The Order of the White Rose of Finland, Cross of Merit

2010 Honorary Doctorate, University of Eastern Finland

2008 Finnair Design Competition, 1st place

2008 Artist of the Year Grant, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Northern Savo Foundation

2004 Kaj Franck Design Prize

2003 Fennia Prize Honorary Mention

2001 Pro Finnish Design Honorary Mention

1990 MTO, Design Award

1989 Gloria Statuette, Design Award

1988 Ruben Jaarli Design Award

1986 Ornamo Jubilee Design Award

1979 Finnish Government Industrial Arts Award, Piretta

1978 Ornamon Pallo Design Award



2015–2017 Lamp designs for Melaja Oy, Finland

2009– Art-glass and design projects / Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen, collections

2008– Chief designer, RLP Design Oy

2013–2014 Alko business-clothing project

2013 Leijona-Catering clothing project

2012 Memorial statue -project for Kaavin Kivi Oy

2009–2012 Down-coats for Joutsen Oy

2008–2012 Finnair business-clothing project

2004– Own jewellery range, Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen

1996–2008 Ril´s / Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen designer collection, L-Fashion Group

1996–1998 Lecturer in clothing design, University of Art and Design, Helsinki

1995–1996 Textile designer for Lineaesse, Montemurlo in Italy

1987–1995 Chief designer, Piretta-Pta Oy

1984–1987 Chief designer, Finn Flare Oy

1984–1987 Designer (leatherwear), Kestilä

1979–1983 Chief designer, Silo Oy

1974–1982 Designer (export ranges), Piretta


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