Andrea Botero Cabrera

Andrea Botero Cabrera

Professor (Associate Professor)
Department of Design
Research Fellow
Department of Design

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 am working on a  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 the Creatures project, and ambitious H2020 project exploring the role of creative practices in sustainability transformations. Since August 2022 I am also Assocaite professor at the Design department


Because of my research commitments at the moment I am only teaching one course

MUO-E8041  Collaborative and participatory techniques for design - Creative sustainability masters program (Fall 2022) at the Design Department.

I 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) and I have been conspirator for some years at my own design research consultancy -called Suo&co- with some of my best friends .

In addition I am adjunct professor (dosenti) at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá (COL). In my spare time I collaborate with Fundación Karisma, a Colombian NGO seeking to respond to human rights issues in the context of digital technologies and social innovation dynamics and 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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Areas of expertise

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, Science studies

Research groups

  • Inuse


Open Forest : Walking with Forests, Stories, Data, and Other Creatures

Andrea Botero Cabrera, Markéta Dolejšová, Jaz Hee Jeong Choi, Cristina Ampatzidou 2022 Interactions

Open Forest: Data, Stories, and Walking-With

Marketa Dolejsova, Jaz Hee Jeong Choi, Andrea Botero, Cristina Ampatzidou 2022 PDC '22: Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference 2022: Exploratory Papers, Workshops, Places, Situated Actions and Doctoral Colloquium

CreaTures at the Cooler Planet

Markéta Dolejšová, Gaurika Singhal, Savannah Vize, Kirsi Hakio, Tuuli Mattelmäki, Andrea Botero 2022

Creativity and Participation

Tuuli Mattelmäki, Andrea Botero, Namkyu Chun, Marketa Dolejsova, Kirsi Hakio, Julia Lohmann 2022 Designing Change : New Opportunities for Organisations

Resistance, Social Reproduction and emerging commitments for collaborative design from the margins

Nathaly Pinto Torres, Brenda Vertiz Marquez, Andrea Botero 2022 The Design Research Society Conference (DRS2022)

Relationality, commoning, and designing

Giacomo Poderi, Sanna Maria Marttila, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Frederick M.C. Van Amstel, Maurizio Teli, Linda Tonolli, Vincenzo D'Andrea, Andrea Botero 2022 PDC '22: Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference 2022: Exploratory Papers, Workshops, Places, Situated Actions and Doctoral Colloquium


Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Joyce Yee, Erik Grönvall, Raquel Noronha, Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Yoko Akama, Rachel Clarke, John Vines 2022 PDC 2022: Proceedings of the 17th Participatory Design Conference


Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Joyce Yee, Christopher Frauenberger, Melisa Duque Hurtado, Nicolai Hansen, Angelika Strohmayer, Izak Van Zyl, Andy Dearden, Reem Talhouk, Cally Gatehouse, Donna Leishman, Shana Agid, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Jennyfer Taylor, Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Yoko Akama, Rachel Clarke, John Vines 2022 PDC '22: Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference 2022

Keywords in Participatory Design - Version 1

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