Jyrki Tarpio has been working in the field of housing research since 1999. An interest towards spatial and morphological questions related to dwelling flexibility is a common denominator in his work. Tarpio’s early interest was residential open building. During 1999–2002 he worked in a project in which research on open building achievements in four countries was carried out. Later he widened his scope into diverse questions regarding dwelling flexibility and its relation to spatial design. His dissertation Joustavan asunnon tilalliset logiikat (English translation: Spatial Logics of Dwelling Flexibility) is a profound work on the subject written in Finnish.
His latest works include reports on small-scale urban housing and affordable housing. Since 2016–19 he has been working as a subproject leader in a multidisciplinary research project ‘Dwellers in Agile Cities’ funded by the Academy of Finland.
Tarpio worked as a visiting researcher in Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan in 1999–2000, and in Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden in 2019. In addition to academic research, he has conducted small-scale design work through his own architectural studio.
- 2020-2022: 'Residential change - the potential of common and private spaces’ , a 2 year research project funded by YH Kodit housing foundation and YH Kodit housing company - Key researchers are Katja Maununaho, Tapio Kaasalainen, Sini Saarimaa and Elina Luotonen with Jyrki Tarpio and Sofie Pelsmakers.
- 2020-2021: 'Low impact, low energy housing and neighbourhoods in the Häme region' with Panu Lehtovuori (PI) and Jyrki Tarpio and Sofie Pelsmakers, 12 month design, research and development project with Kante-Häme, EU Regional Development Funding
- 2020: Tall Residential Timber Buildings in Finland (Emre Ilgin with Markku Karjalainen, Sofie Pelsmakers, Jyrki Tarpio)
- 2019-2020: Working with Satu Huuhka on CIRCUiT H2020 EU funded project on the circular economy, deconstruction and reclamation of buildings and materials.
- 2019- present: What is holistic Nordic Sustainable housing? (Sofie Pelsmakers & Jyrki Tarpio, with transnational research group Nordic Sustainable Architecture)
- 2016-2019: Dwellers in Agile Cities & https://housingcookbook.com/ (Jyrki Tarpio and Katja Maununaho, Sini Saarimaa). The DAC project recognized future living needs and created measures and models for improving urban housing and development. Project defined the dweller as a key driver of urban development and change. Project was funded by the Academy of Finland, and won the first Tampere University Social Impact award.