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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 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)


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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Arts (Art and Design)

Master of Arts (Art and Design)


  • Collaborative design
  • Co-design
  • Social innovation
  • New media
  • Design
  • Interaction design

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Research Output

Experimental governance? The emergence of public sector innovation labs in Latin America

Ferreira Litowtschenko, M. & Botero, A., 7 May 2020, In : Policy Design and Practice . 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)

    Collective radio show - Culture for Solidarity

    Botero, A., 16 May 2019

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

    Open Access
  • Drawing Together, Infrastructuring and Politics for Participatory Design: a visual collection of cases, issues, questions, and relevant literature

    Botero, A., Karasti, H., Saad-Sulonen, J., Geirbo, H. C., Baker, K. S., Parmiggiani, E. & Marttila, S-M., 2019, Oulu: University of Oulu. 37 p. (INTERACT 1 / Working Papers)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

    Open Access
  • 33 Downloads (Pure)

    (Challenges and opportunities of) documentation practices of self-organised urban initiatives

    Botero, A. & Saad-Sulonen, J., 1 Oct 2018, Participatory Design Theory: Using Technology and Social Media to Foster Civic Engagement. Devisch, O., Huybrechts, L. & De Ridder, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 230-246 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  • Editorial

    Botero, A., Del Gaudio, C. & Gutierrez Borrero, A., 2018, In : Strategic Design Research Journal. 11, 2, p. 51-57 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
    28 Downloads (Pure)


    From the lab and the studio, to the garden, the forests and back

    Botero, A.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    From the lab and the studio, to the garden, the forests and back.

    Botero, A.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    CODO: Getting collaborative design done: An enquiry into mundane and strategic organizing of co-design in 21st century (CODO)

    Whalen, J., Botero, A., Mattelmäki, T., Wu, Y., Salmi, A., Kohtala, C., Hakkarainen, L., Savolainen, K., Hyysalo, S., Lee, B. & Johnson, M.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    GODSGI Co-Design of Digital Storytelling System with Geographic

    Marttila, S., Saad-Sulonen, J., Kommonen, K., Botero, A. & Marttila, S.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding


    Data Care and Its Politics in Scientific Data Management: Designing for Research Infrastructure in Ecology

    Helena Karasti (Speaker), Andrea Botero Cabrera (Speaker), Karen S. Baker (Speaker)
    13 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Out of the Lab, and around the Studio: Pluralizing Worldmaking Processes, from the Malocas to the Favelas.

    Andrea Botero Cabrera (Speaker), Chiara Del Gaudio (Speaker)
    25 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    World making though environmental data; data, scientists and trees in more-than-human entanglements

    Andrea Botero Cabrera (Speaker), Helena Karasti (Speaker)
    13 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Socially Engaged Design Conference

    Andrea Botero Cabrera (Member)
    5 Oct 20196 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of an organizing committee or other positions of trust of a conference or a seminar

    Participatory Design and the Collaborative Dimensions of Infrastructuring

    Andrea Botero Cabrera (Speaker)
    16 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture