Design professors' insights

Jenni Reuter

'In order to influence the current era and the future, one needs to understand it. Most often, it is easier to analyze in retrospect, but the most effective way is to react in real time.'

Jenni Reuter
Associate professor
Department of Architecture

Julia Lohmann

'We urgently have to rethink everything we do. How we feed ourselves, what materials we produce and consume, how we travel and collaborate to achieve a future worth living in.'

Julia Lohmann
Professor of Practice
Department of Design

Antti Oulasvirta

'Artificial intelligence is transforming design. In a positive scenario, AI becomes a tool and a partner in design thinking. In a negative scenario, automation of design becomes the aim.'

Antti Oulasvirta
Associate Professor
Department of Communications and Networking

 

Tua Björklund

'Aalto graduates need to understand how to create and collaborate, assessing what’s really needed and turning ideas into improvements. This is at the heart of design.'

Tua Björklund
Professor of Practice
Aalto Design Factory

Jouni Juntunen

'Aalto is at the forefront of Finnish education export as a trusted international player that is shaping the future by educating designers in sustainability with a Nordic twist.'

Jouni Juntunen
Professor of Practice
Department of Management Studies

Severi Uusitalo

'I count on all designers to show the way by providing sound, sustainable and feasible solutions. Some provide solutions on an individual scale, some in a societal level, some on a global scale.'

Severi Uusitalo
Associate professor
Department of Design

Turkka Keinonen

'I trust in Aalto fashion design to support our self-confidence, provide durable garments and lasting style without engaging in the aimless chase for the next.'

Turkka Keinonen
Professor
Department of Design

Annamari Vänskä

'Design empowers students to think critically. It gives analytical and practical tools to challenge the status quo and to define the future.'

Annamari Vänskä
Adjunct Professor
Department of Design

Jani Romanoff

'Whether it is once-in-a-lifetime experience or an every-day act, we need to integrate design thinking, product architecture and user-experiences more efficiently into our R&D processes.'

Jani Romanoff
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Laura Arpiainen

'Good design is such a great equalizer. The biggest impact we can make is by creating high quality products and environments for everyone.'

Laura Arpiainen
Professor
Department of Architecture

Tuuli Mattelmäki

'Aalto design should be known for its resilience and never-ending motivation to learn when dealing with open-ended and complex issues.'

Tuuli Mattelmäki
Head of the Department
Department of Design

Guy Julier

'Design opens up new imaginaries of the possible be it material innovations or the infrastructures for new social relations.'

Guy Julier,
Professor,
Department of Design

Tua Björklund

'Design strengthens and expands our understanding of the human element. This is crucial to complement expertise in art, technology and business on the level of curricula and research.'

Tua Björklund
Professor of Practice
Aalto Design Factory

Marjo Kauppinen

'Design and art can help us to see the beauty of life as well as the vulnerability of human beings and society.'

Marjo Kauppinen
Professor of Practice
Department of Computer Science

Jenni Reuter

'A university’s task is to create a trustful atmosphere which gives support to reach for knowledge and insight. For connections between expertise, people and ideas, you need reflection, inspiration and commitment, as well as the freedom to find your own path.'

Jenni Reuter
Associate professor
Department of Architecture

Masood Masoodian

'I hope that design will play a greater role in dealing with societal issues, such as ageing, poverty and injustice.'

Masood Masoodian,
Professor,
Department of Media

Tuuli Mattelmäki

'Traditionally design professionals have been clustered through competence areas, such as textile or interaction design. These boundaries are being increasingly blurred, across Aalto and beyond.'

Tuuli Mattelmäki
Head of the Department
Department of Design

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