Kuvio Research Archive aims to produce an extensive online database of modern church architecture at an international level. The main archive currently contains over 23,000 high quality images, including important secular buildings.
Kuvio Research Archive has been developed especially for research purposes, which explains the versatile search features. It is possible, for example, to give a keyword "stairs" and get all the images related to stairs in the material. This is interesting not only for theologians or art historians, but for architects and planners also.
Several advanced programming methods are available, like 3D modeling and interactive learning techniques.
The project was hosted by the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki during the years 1996–2012 but is currently leaded independently by its Founder, Dr.theol Arto Kuorikoski. The project co-operates at the national level with the departments of art history at the University of Jyväskylä and Helsinki. Internationally the most important partner is the Institute of Modern Church Architecture and Art at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. Contacts also exist with other institutions in the field.
The database and user interface have been designed by Arto Kuorikoski and the Webteam. Also, many trainees have greatly contributed to the Archive through the years.