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Artistic and research interests

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 to scientific endeavors.

I am affiliated with the INUSE research group. Between fall 2019 and spring 2024 I am working on a  project exploring distributed, collaborative and experimental arrangements for innovation and design otherwise (Studio|Lab|Forest), with generous funding from the Academy of Finland. In addition to that I am involved in the Creatures project, and ambitious H2020 project exploring the role of creative practices in sustainability transformations. Since August 2022 I am also Assocaite professor at the Design department

Teaching:

Because of my research commitments at the moment I am only teaching one course

MUO-E8041  Collaborative and participatory techniques for design - Creative sustainability masters program (Fall 2022) at the Design Department.

I advice MA and DA students on a continous basis.

BACKGROUND

As a design practitioner I have worked in several design consultancies and in 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, (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) and I have been conspirator for some years at my own design research consultancy -called Suo&co- with some of my best friends .

In addition I am adjunct professor (dosenti) at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá (COL). In my spare time I collaborate with Fundación Karisma, a Colombian NGO seeking to respond to human rights issues in the context of digital technologies and social innovation dynamics and I do design and multigenerational diversity activism through Ninho ry, a Finnish NGO creating a more diverse and plurilingual children's culture in Finland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Arts and Design, Aalto University

Award Date: 22 Nov 2013

Master's degree, Arts and Design, Helsinki University of Arts and Design

Award Date: 18 Jun 1999

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Universidad de los Andes Colombia

8 Jan 2022 → …

Partner, Suo&co

1 Aug 2014 → …

Keywords

  • Collaborative design
  • co-design
  • Social innovation
  • New media
  • Design
  • Interaction design
  • Transformation
  • Social change
  • Collective Action
  • Participatory design

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  • Creativity and Participation

    Mattelmäki, T., Botero, A., Chun, N., Dolejsova, M., Hakio, K. & Lohmann, J., 2022, Designing Change : New Opportunities for Organisations. Valtonen, A. & Nikkinen, P. (eds.). Espoo: Aalto ARTS Books, p. 24-31 8 p. (Aalto University publication series ART + DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE; vol. 2022, no. 2).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

    Open Access
  • CreaTures at the Cooler Planet

    Dolejšová, M., Singhal, G., Vize, S., Hakio, K., Mattelmäki, T. & Botero, A., 7 Sep 2022

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

  • Introduction: PDC2022 - Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design - Vol 1

    Vlachokyriakos, V., Yee, J., Grönvall, E., Noronha, R., Botero, A., Gaudio, C. D., Akama, Y., Clarke, R. & Vines, J., 19 Aug 2022, PDC 2022: Proceedings of the 17th Participatory Design Conference: Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design. Vlachokyriakos, V., Yee, J., Grönvall, E., Noronha, R., Botero, A., Del Gaudio, C., Akama, Y., Clarke, R. & Vines, J. (eds.). New York: ACM, Vol. 1. p. IV-VI 3 p. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword / postscript

    Open Access
  • Introduction

    Vlachokyriakos, V., Yee, J., Frauenberger, C., Hurtado, M. D., Hansen, N., Strohmayer, A., Zyl, I. V., Dearden, A., Talhouk, R., Gatehouse, C., Leishman, D., Agid, S., Sciannamblo, M., Taylor, J., Botero, A., Gaudio, C. D., Akama, Y., Clarke, R. & Vines, J., Aug 2022, PDC '22: Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference 2022: Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design. Vlachokyriakos, V., Yee, J., Frauenberger, C., Duque Hurtado, M., Hansen, N., Strohmayer, A., Van Zyl, I., Dearden, A., Talhouk, R., Gatehouse, C., Leishman, D., Agid, S., Sciannamblo, M., Taylor, J., Botero, A., Del Gaudio, C., Akama, Y., Clarke, R. & Vines, J. (eds.). New York: ACM, Vol. 2. p. iv-vi 3 p. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword / postscript

    Open Access
  • Open Forest: Data, Stories, and Walking-With

    Dolejsova, M., Choi, J. H. J., Botero, A. & Ampatzidou, C., 19 Aug 2022, PDC '22: Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference 2022: Exploratory Papers, Workshops, Places, Situated Actions and Doctoral Colloquium. Vlachokyriakos, V., Yee, J., Frauenberger, C., Hurtado, M. D., Hansen, N., Strohmayer, A., Van Zyl, I., Dearden, A., Talhouk, R., Gatehouse, C., Leishman, D., Agid, S., Sciannamblo, M., Taylor, J., Botero, A., Del Gaudio, C., Akama, Y., Clarke, R. & Vines, J. (eds.). New York: ACM, Vol. 2. p. 309-312 4 p. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review