Andrea Botero
Department of Design

Andrea Botero

Research Fellow

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Description

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, funded by a fellowship from the Academy of Finland.

During fall 2019 I will teach:

MUO-E3033 - Strategic Co-Design L, (29.10.2019-04.12.2019)

Background

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 opportunities and threats 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 plural and plurilingual children's culture in Finland.

Areas of expertise

collaborative design co-design social innovation new media design interaction design Participatory design pluriverse Service design digital service design ICT and digitalisation collective action STS Art and design knowledge building INUSE research group