Contemporary Design

Professor Julia Lohmann

Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design
Julia Lohmann portrait
Julia Lohmann

Julia Lohmann is a Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design. She investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna. Julia's research interests include critical practice and transition-design, bio materials, collaborative making, museums and residencies, embodied cognition and practice as research. As designer in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, she established the Department of Seaweed, an interdisciplinary community of practice exploring the marine plant's potential as a design material. She holds a PhD in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art, London.

Personal Website:



Critical Design Practices

Critical Design Practices is an MA level course that was run from 2018-2020 by programmes Contemporary Design and Fashion and Collection Design. It has been replaced by the course 'Reflective Practices' in 2020.

Contemporary Design
a birdhouse made of mycelium hanging from a tree

Materials and Living Systems

As biomaterial is a broad and currently widely used term, the students learn to explore and discover new perspectives to biomaterials within their systems and understand how to create their own creative approach towards these materials.

Contemporary Design
Non-Human Stakeholders: Purple Seastar and Algae

Design Practice in Social Context

The course introduces students to design as a social practice. Students will be asked to address a real concern in a real community context, by generating and responding to one or a number of real life briefs in that chosen community.

Contemporary Design

Latest publications

Phytofictions and Phytofication

Julia Lohmann 2024 Being Algae : Transformations in Water, Plants

9 Dimensions for evaluating how art and creative practice stimulate societal transformations

Joost Vervoort, Tara Smeenk, Iryna Zamuruieva, Lisa L. Reichelt, Mae van Veldhoven, Lucas Rutting, Ann Light, Lara Houston, Ruth Wolstenholme, Markéta Dolejšová, Anab Jain, Jon Ardern, Ruth Catlow, Kirsikka Vaajakallio, Zeynep Falay von Flittner, Jana Putrle Srdic, Julia Lohmann, Carien Moossdorff, Tuuli Mattelmäki, Cristina Ampatzidou, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Andrea Botero, Kyle A. Thompson, Jonas Torrens, Richard Lane, Astrid C. Mangnus 2024

Living with Feral Ecologies

Gloria Lauterbach, Kaisa Roover, Janne Backman, Julia Lohmann 2023

Baltic Sea Lab

Julia Lohmann 2023 CreaTures Co-Laboratory Catalogue

Beneath the Surface

Julia Lohmann 2023

Seaweed Shrine

Julia Lohmann, Kayoung Kim 2023
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal
  • Published:
  • Updated: