Andrea Botero Cabrera

Andrea Botero Cabrera

Research Fellow
A803 Dept. Design
Research Fellow

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 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 (Studio|Lab|Forest), 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 transformations


I am not teaching at the moment, but I certainly enjoy this and have been doing it quite a lot in the past. The last course I was in charge was: MUO-E3033 - Strategic Co-Design L, (29.10.2019-04.12.2019) at the Design Department. I do advice MA and DA students on a continous basis.


As a design practitioner I have worked in several design consultancies and in 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, 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 affiliate professor (dosenti) 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.

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Collaborative design, co-design, Social innovation, New media, Design, Interaction design, Transformation, Social change, Collective Action, Participatory design, 6132 Visual arts and design, 520 Other social sciences, Industrial design


Keywords in Participatory Design - Version 1

Shana Agid, Andrea Botero, Jaz Hee jeong Choi, Chiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra, Kaitlyn Chai 2021

Generative repair

Philip Hector, Andrea Botero 2021 CoDesign

On DIY Cloth Face Masks and Scalar Relationships in Design

Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Mille Rosendahl Hansen 2021 Proceedings of Nordes 2021

Pictogramas, comunicación intercultural y diseño participativo

Nathaly Pinto Torres, Andrea Botero 2021

Infrastructuring for Collective Heritage Knowledge Production

Sanna Marttila, Andrea Botero 2021 Culture and Computing. Design Thinking and Cultural Computing

Visualizing Devices for Configuring Complex Phenomena in-the-Making

Helena Karasti, Andrea Botero, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Karen Baker 2021 Science & Technology Studies

Julia Watson: Lo-TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism

Andrea Botero 2021 Tecnoscienza-Italian journal of science & technology studies

Designing for Transformative Futures

Markéta Dolejšová, Cristina Ampatzidou, Lara Houston, Ann Light, Andrea Botero, Jaz Choi, Danielle Wilde, Ferran Altarriba Bertran, Hilary Davis, Felipe Gonzales Gil, Ruth Catlow 2021 C and C 2021 - Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Creativity and Cognition

Tšombiach: Urdimbres y Tramas Integrales (exhibition)

Alexandra Cuarán Jamioy, Susana Patricia Chicunque Agreda, Andrea Botero, Eliana Sánchez-Aldana 2021

Tšombiach : Urdimbres y Tramas Integrales

Alexandra Cuarán Jamioy, Susana Patricia Chicunque Agreda, Andrea Botero, Eliana Sánchez-Aldana 2021 Creación desde la periferia