I joined Aalto University in 2015 as Professor of New Frontiers in Design at Aalto University. As a researcher, educator and designer, I specialize in participatory and critical practices of design. Previously in Sweden, I worked at Konstfack College of Arts Crafts and Design, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology School of Achitecture, at the national PhD school Designfakulteten, and at the Interactive Institute. Trained as a designer and architect, I have worked in design consultancies and corporate research in the US and Europe, and my PhD is in interaction design. I have led, published and exhibited widely through interdisciplinary and international research projects in the areas of politically-engaged design, feminist design studies, sustainable development, smart materials, and interactive spaces.
Recent research activities
My recent research outcomes and projects include the 'Feminist Futures' book with colleagues at KTH, ‘Utopia Now Here’ situated at the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial, ‘Designing Social Innovation’ survey of projects in the US and Europe, and DESIGN ACT Socially- and politically-engaged design today (Berlin: Sternberg Press / Iaspis, 2010).
My recent courses at Aalto University
- Design for Government MUO-E8012 10ECTS in Creative Sustainability,
- Perspectives on Research through Art and Design MUO-L0006 4ECTS PhD course
- INTRO E0000 2ECTS for all MA Design across 5 programs
- Research Through Practice MUO-L0003 1-3ECTS 2016 PhD summer school
I'm involved in the 'Urban Studies and Planning', a new joint Master's programme between Aalto University and University of Helsinki, in particular through co-teaching these courses:
- Designing for Urban Governance and Services, USP-323 5ECTS with Antti Pirinen
- Urban Transitions and Futures, USP-343 5ECTS led by Idil Gaziulusoy
Since 2016, I am also a co-editor of the prominent journal Design Issues.
A short selection of my publications below...
From August 2015, I am appointed Professor of New Frontiers in Design at Aalto Univeristy to pursue a programmatic vision in "Designing Our Common Future". As a researcher, educator and designer, I specialize in critical and participatory approaches to design for systems and products that alter social practices and public life. While design is traditionally formulated in relation to industry, my work explores the expansion of design roles in society.
Watch this space for updates on my activities here at Aalto!
Very welcome to contact me about related design and research interests!
Until recently in Sweden, I was Adjunct Professor in Design at Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design, teacher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in the Sustainable Urban Planning and Design program, and international secretariat for the Swedish PhD school Designfakulteten. Until 2013 at the Interactive Institute in Sweden, I directed, secured funding, and managed over 6 major interdisciplinary and international practice-based research projects. I am an expert on artistic- and design-led research, and I am committed to building quality, criticality and diversity within the design research community. I have published widely in reputed academic arenas and my work has been widely exhibited. I also work as a professional designer and architect. I have earned degrees including Docent / Associate Professor and PhD in Interaction Design (Malmö University SE), MA in Computer Related Design (Royal College of Art UK), BA in Architecture (Columbia University US). American and French originally, I have been living and working in Europe for over 15 years.
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A short selection of my publications is below!
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