The Humans of Aalto University
My design works explore technologies, services, media formats and genres for collectives and communities. Through my research I aim to understand how collectives come to understand the design spaces available to them and how designers could support more various infrastructuring processes around them. Broadly, my work engages with the possibilities, and contradictions of participating in the creation of environments, tools and media that afford more relational and caring interactions among, and between people and their environment. This I have done multiple domains ranging from everyday life domains to scientific endeavors.
I am affiliated with the INUSE research group. Between fall 2019 and spring 2024 I will be working on a new project exploring distributed, collaborative and experimental arrangements for innovation and design otherwise, with generous funding from the Academy of Finland. In addition to that I am involved in setting up the Creatures project, and ambitious H2020 project exploring the role of creative practices in sustainability transitions
MUO-E3033 - Strategic Co-Design L, (29.10.2019-04.12.2019)
I work as project lead/designer in externally funded R&D projects in the Arki research group at Media Lab. In my research I am interested in understanding theoretical and practical implications of broad participation in creative design processes. In particular I want to look at how can we design with care and contribute more to sustain commons? I would like to understand better how these two activities might relate to “innovation”. One attempt at that is my dissertation. In my design work I explore services, media formats, genres and technologies for collectives, communities and their social practices.
Besides being involved in R&D Projects, I do supervision of MA thesis and tutor students (mostly from the MA in New Media, but also from other departments). If you are an Aalto student, need help with your MA work and you think you might benefit from talking to me, send an abstract and your topic to me by email and perhaps we can talk.
During Spring 2016 I teach:
New Media Concepts for the Third Sector a Study project in the MA program in New Media open to all ARTS students
As a practitioner I have worked in design consultancies and multiple R&D projects as user interfase and interaction designer. I do occasional consultancy and service design gigs, mostly through Suo&Co a collective design research studio I convene with 3 other wonderful friends.
I have a BA in Industrial Design from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (COL) and an MA in Product and Strategic Design from Aalto ARTS, what was formerly TAIK (FIN). I obtained my Doctor of Arts degree in New Media also from Aalto ARTS. Before returning to Aalto I worked at the department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu (FIN).
I am also adjunct professor (docent) at the Faculty of of Architecture and Design of Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá (COL), I collaborate with Fundación Karisma, a Colombian NGO seeking to respond to human rights issues in the context of ‘technology for development’. In my spare time I do design and multigenerational diversity activism through Ninho ry, a Finnish NGO creating a more diverse and plurilingual children's culture in Finland.
I have worked in design consultancies and New Media and ICT projects as concept, user interfase and interaction designer. I still do ocassional consultancy and design gigs. I have a BA. in Industrial Design (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and an MA Product and Strategic Design (Aalto ARTS - formerly TAIK). I obtained my Doctor of Arts degree in 2013 from Aalto ARTS.
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