School of Arts, Design and Architecture


Dean Tuomas Auvinen leads our management team, assisted by three Vice Deans.
Väre-buildings hall with impressive wooden staircase


Dean Tuomas Auvinen

Tuomas Auvinen has broad experience in demanding leadership roles at arts institutions. He has served as the Dean of the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts and Rector of Sibelius Academy, as well as Executive Director of the Finnish National Theatre and CEO of the Association of Finnish Theatres, amongst other positions.

He has completed his dissertation on arts policy and management at City University of London. He has also earned an Executive MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics.  

Vice Dean, Heli Rekula

Arts and Creative Practices

Heli Rekula is an award-winning artist whose works have been exhibited extensively internationally over the past 25 years. She worked as Professor of Photography at the Department of Fine Art in Bergen Academy of Art and Design for six years before starting her post as a Senior University Lecturer of Photography at Aalto University in 2015. 

Vice Dean Turkka Keinonen

Research and impact

Professor Turkka Keinonen’s research interests lay in user-centred design, product concept design and the justice of design. He has worked as the head of Department of Design and hold positions at Nokia Research Center and National University of Singapore. He has published more than 100 articles, conference papers, book chapters and patents.

Vice Dean Rasmus Vuori


Rasmus Vuori has taught in New Media Design and Production at the Media Lab Helsinki, now Aalto University, since 2001. As Vice Dean, he is responsible for teaching. Mr Vuori is a media artist and researcher who has been working with interactive and generative media technology since he started hacking computers and networks the 1980's, always with an emphasis on communication, education, cultural activism and artistic expression.

Rasmus Vuori has participated in a wide range of different creative projects across continents, usually in transdisciplinary teams designing behaviour and interaction, combining conceptual thinking with low-level practical implementations – in art exhibitions, operas, theatre performances as well as for commercial companies and educational institutions. His approach to technology has always remained instrumental, with an emphasis on art and culture. Generative storytelling, interactive art, and experience design are his main professional interests. 

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