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Luis Vega


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Artistic and research interests

Designer-researcher Luis Vega specializes in cross-cultural collaboration. Informed by the dynamics of people, places, and processes, his work employs craft as a platform to investigate ways of socializing knowledge through materiality. In addition to running an award-winning practice, he teaches design and speaks at conferences. His projects have been published widely and exhibited in galleries, museums, fairs, and biennials in cities like Hong Kong, London, Milan, New York, and Tokyo.

In 2018, Luis was appointed Program Director of Industrial Design at the prestigious Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, where he completed his bachelor's degree in 2009. His former roles include Head of Design, External Consultant, and Researcher in various organizations involved in the craft and design sector internationally. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Modern Craft from the Kyoto Institute of Technology (2014) and a Master of Arts in International Design Business Management from Aalto University (2018).

Since 2019, Luis works as a doctoral candidate in the Empirica Research Group at Aalto University's Department of Design. His doctoral project concentrates on sociomaterial assemblages and processes of distributed thinking through making. Drawing on an interdisciplinary practice-led research approach, he investigates how people and things configure cognitive networks during the act of making.

External positions

Program Director - Product and Industrial Design, Tecnológico de Monterrey


Visiting Researcher - Graduate School of Design, Kyoto Institute of Technology


Head of Design, Oaxaca Design Center


Head of Design, Galería Mexicana de Diseño



  • Collaborative practice
  • Distributed cognition
  • Knowledge creation
  • Making
  • Research through Design
  • Sociomateriality


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