Pirjo Kääriäinen

Associate Professor
Associate Professor
A803 Dept. Design

I work as an Associate Professor of Design and Materialities at The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). I joined the University in 2008, and since 2011 I have been facilitating interdisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration between ARTS and the School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM), together with a cross'disciplinary team. CHEMARTS is aiming to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together, and to create new concepts for the sustainable use of plant-based materials. Before my career in academia, I worked eighteen years for Scandinavian textile industry, and gained experience also as an entrepreneur and consultant for creative industries.

 

Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Contact information

Phone number
+358503810217

Areas of expertise

Chemarts, Interdisciplinary collaboration, Bio-based materials, Textile design, Design for sustainability, Biomaterials

Honors and awards

H&M Global Change Award

Pirjo Kääriäinen & team. Ioncell-F™ waste-cotton into new textile was awarded as one of five winners among 2,700 proposals.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Jan 2016

Vuoden tekstiilitaiteilija 2016

Vuoden tekstiilitaiteilija on Tekstiilitaiteilijat Texo ry:n vuodesta 1981 alkaen jakama tunnustuspalkinto ansioituneelle tekstiilitaiteilijalle
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Jan 2016

Award of Excellence in ICMA competition for 'Lost in the Wood(s)' publication

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Nov 2017

Dean's Award (Aalto ARTS)

Community building across the University
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Dec 2017

DIA Design Intelligence Award, China

Ioncell project awarded with DIA Design Intelligence Award (shortlisted among 22 best, 6.-8.5. Grand final), Hangzhou, China http://en.di-award.org, 10 000 euros
Invitation or ranking in competition Department of Design May 2018

Wood U Make it Happen

Innovation competition organised by Finnish Forest Industries<br/>2nd prize for ‘Kaarni’, by the multidisciplinary student team from CHEM+ARTS Eveliina Juuri, Sanna-Liisa Järvelä, Jinze Dou
Invitation or ranking in competition Department of Design Dec 2018

Art Goes Metsä competition

The winning entry 'Uusi kulottuvuus' was designed and produced by Karoliina Heikkinen, Tomi Jeskanen, Annamiia Suominen and Daniela Weintraub from Aalto University. They have been studying the opportunities offered by pulp within the multidisciplinary CHEMARTS programme. The completed work of art is on display at the Pro Nemus visiting centre, Äänekoski, Finland.
Invitation or ranking in competition Department of Design Mar 2018

Honor granted for Lost in the Wood(s) cover

Lost in the Wood(s) edited by Pirjo Kääriäinen and Liisa Tervinen, with graphic design by Safa Hovinen, was selected as one of the best book covers of the year by The Finnish Book Art Committee <br/><br/>
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Jan 2018

Suomi-palkinto

Award or honor granted for academic career Department of Design Dec 2019

Ioncell project selected for Designmuseum Habitare Collection

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Sep 2019

Research groups

  • Fashion/Textile Futures

Publications

Designers – the agents of change

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Kirsi Niinimäki 2022 Designing Change : New Opportunities for Organisations

Materialising the Future – CHEMARTS 10 years

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Saara Kantele, Irene Purasachit, Liisa Tervinen, Tatja Jakovlev, Nina Riutta, Aarni Tujula, Tapani Vuorinen 2021

Muotoilu ja tiede kohtaavat materiaalikehityksessä

Pirjo Kääriäinen 2021 Muotoilun avaimet älykkääseen teollisuuteen ja liiketoiminnan ketterään kehittämiseen

What Biodesign Means to Me

Pirjo Kääriäinen 2021 Biodesigned

Datemats: Barcelona Design Week 2021

Pirjo Kääriäinen 2021

From ideas to innovations

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Sara Lucía Rueda Mejía, Jari Laine 2020 Emerging Materials &amp; Technologies

The hands-on approach to Wood-based Materials

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Sara Lucía Rueda Mejía, Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen 2020 Emerging Materials &amp; Technologies

The CHEMARTS Cookbook

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Liisa Tervinen, Tapani Vuorinen, Nina Riutta 2020

Collaborative strategies in education and research

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Sara Lucía Rueda Mejía, Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen 2020 Emerging Materials &amp; Technologies

Experimental Wood-based Materials

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Sara Lucía Rueda Mejía 2020 Emerging Materials &amp; Technologies