Andrea Botero Cabrera

Andrea Botero Cabrera

Professori (Associate Professor)
Muotoilun laitos

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

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

Creativity and Participation

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


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

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

Generative repair

Philip Hector, Andrea Botero 2021 CoDesign

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

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

Tšombiach: Urdimbres y Tramas Integrales (exhibition)

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

What does it mean to do things together?

Jaz Hee jeong Choi, Andrea Botero 2021 Interactions

Open Forest at Research Pavillion #4

Andrea Botero, Marketa Dolejsova 2021

Open Forest at Data Vitality Exhibition

Andrea Botero, Marketa Dolejsova, Jaz Hee jeong Choi, Cristina Ampatzidou 2021

Julia Watson: Lo-TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism

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

Feral Ways of Knowing and Doing: Tools and resources for transformational creative practice

Cristina Ampatzidou, Marketa Dolejsova, Jaz Hee jeong Choi, Andrea Botero 2021 Proceedings of Pivot 2021: Dismantling/Reassembling Tools for Alternative Futures

Keywords in Participatory Design - Version 1

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

Experimental governance?

Maria Ferreira Litowtschenko, Andrea Botero 2020 Policy Design and Practice


Chiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra, Shana Agid, Cristhian Parra, Giacomo Poderi, Diana Duque, Liliana Villezcas, Andrea Botero, Felipe César Londono, Paula Escandón 2020 PDC '20 : Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference


Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio 2020 Designing in Dark TImes


Chiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Rachel Clarke, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Felipe César Londoño, Paula Escandón 2020 PDC '20: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020

Getting Participatory Design Done

Andrea Botero, Sampsa Hyysalo, Cindy Kohtala, John Whalen 2020 International Journal of Design

Commoning design and designing commons

Andrea Botero, Sanna Marttila, Giacomo Poderi, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Anna Seravalli, Maurizio Teli, Frederick Van Amstel 2020 PDC '20 : Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference

Drawing Together, Infrastructuring and Politics for Participatory Design

Andrea Botero, Helena Karasti, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Hanne Cecilie Geirbo, Karen Baker, Elena Parmiggiani, Sanna-Maria Marttila 2019

Little Data, Big Data, No Data? Data Management in the Era of Research Infrastructures

Helena Karasti, Andrea Botero , Karen Baker, Elena Parmiggiani 2018

Infrastructuring in PD

Helena Karasti, Andrea Botero, Elena Parmiggiani, Karen Baker, Sanna Marttila, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Hanne Cecilie Geirbo 2018 Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference / Democracy and Politics

Rehearsing a polylocal polyphony in academic knowledge production

Chiara Del Gaudio, Andrea Botero , Alfredo Gutierrez Borrero 2018 V!RUS

(Challenges and opportunities of) documentation practices of self-organised urban initiatives

Andrea Botero , Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2018 Participatory Design Theory

Towards a polylocal polylogue on designs and autonomías - an intro

Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero 2018 Strategic Design Research Journal


Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Alfredo Gutierrez Borrero 2018 Strategic Design Research Journal

What does infrastructuring look like in STS? When? Workshop Report

Karen Baker, Andrea Botero , Hanne Cecilie Geirbo, Helena Karasti, Sanna-Maria Marttila, Elena Parmiggiani, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2018 EASST Review

Importing Innovation? Culture and Politics of Education in Creative Industries, Case Kenya

Minna Aslama Horowitz, Andrea Botero 2018 Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change

Infrastructuring for Cultural Commons


Co-designing and Commoning (ws)

Andrea Botero, Sanna Marttila, Frederik VamAmstel, Anna Seravalli, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2015 Nordes Digital Archive

When Self-Organization Intersects with Urban Planning

Liisa Horelli, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Sirkku Wallin, Andrea Botero 2015 Planning Practice and Research


Ying-Ju Lin, Andrea Botero 2015 Proceedings of the Nordes Desing Conference 2015 Vol 1 - Issue 6

Everyday self-organising social movements and the role of social media in citizen engagement

Petro Poutanen, Andrea Botero, Sanna Marttila, Mikko Villi 2015 Sphera pública


Cesar Sierra, Andrea Botero 2015 Proceedings of the Design, Social Media and Technology to Foster Civic Self-Organisation Conference

Towards commons design in participatory design

Sanna Marttila, Andrea Botero, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2014 PDC '14 Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Industry Cases, Workshop Descriptions, Doctoral Consortium papers, and Keynote abstracts - Volume 2

Ageing together: Steps towards evolutionary co-design in everyday practices


KIPINÄ Kantaaottavaa nykytaidetta ja muotoilua / Spark Critical Contemporary Art and Design

Andrea Botero, Kari-Hans Kommonen, Sanna Marttila, Mariana Salgado, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Taina Rajanti 2013

Peer production in public services? Emerging themes for design research and action

Andrea Botero, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2013 Public and Collaborative - Exploring the Intersection of Design, Social Innovation and Public Policy

Are the Users Driving, and How Open is Open? Experiences from Living Lab and User Driven Innovation projects

Kari-Hans Kommonen, Andrea Botero 2013 Journal of Community Informatics

Connecting stakeholders through context logging

Sami Vihavainen, Kimmo Karhu, Andrea Botero 2013 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI, Munich, Germany August 27 - 30, 2013

Endearing (re) encounters: participatory design in a Latin-American popular context

David De los reyes, Andrea Botero 2012 PDC '12 Proceedings of the 12th Participatory Design Conference: Volume 2

A long-term strategy for designing (in) the wild: lessons from the Urban Mediator and traffic planning in Helsinki

Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Kari Kuutti 2012 DIS '12 Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference

Towards Peer-production in Public Services: cases from Finland

Andrea Botero, Andrew Paterson, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2012

Exploring the Ecosystems and Principles of Community Innovation

Andrea Botero, Kimmo Karhu, Sami Vihavainen 2012 Media in the Ubiquitous Era: Ambient, Social and Gaming Media

¿Diseñado en redes? Algunos espacios de diseño contemporáneos y emergentes

Andrea Botero 2011 Memorias del Primer Coloquio de Diseño en las Economías del Conocimiento

A Digital Ecosystem for Co-Creating Business with People

Kimmo Karhu, Andrea Botero, Sami Vihavainen, Tingan Tang, Matti Hämäläinen 2011 JOURNAL OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN WEB INTELLIGENCE

Kohti avointa innovaatiotoimintaa - yhteissuunnittelun lähestymistapoja ja menetelmiä

Anne Luotonen, Sanna Marttila, Kati Hyyppä, Andrea Botero, Kari-Hans Kommonen 2011 Innovoi(tko) yhdessä asiakkaittesi kanssa. Näkemyksiä Living Lab -toimintaan

Enhancing citizenship: the role of in-between infrastructures

Andrea Botero, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2010 Proceedings of the 11th Participatory Design Conference. Participation the challenge

Expanding Design Space

Andrea Botero, Kari-Hans Kommonen, Sanna Marttila 2010 Design & Complexity

The Urban Mediator as a tool for public participation: a case of collaboration between designers and city planners

Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero 2010 Digital tools in participatory planning

Deep co-creation, deep challenges?

Petra Turkama, Jari Halonen, Andrea Botero 2010 TOUCHPOINT: THE JOURNAL OF SERVICE DESIGN

Co-designing with Urban Mediator

Roman Suzi, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero 2009 Python magazine

Promoting Design for All in Finland. Experiences of successful collaboration of users and designers at the University of Art and Design Helsinki

Antti Raike, Andrea Botero, Philip Dean, Sonja Iltanen-Tähkävuori, Susanne Jacobson, Mariana Salgado, Salu Ylirisku 2009 Design for All

Designing locative media for creative misuse: learning from urban intervention

Anne Luotonen, Jenna Sutela, Andrea Botero, Kari-Hans Kommonen 2009 Proceedings of Mindtrek 2009

From closed to open to what?: an exploration on community innovation principles

Andrea Botero, Sami Vihavainen, Kimmo Karhu 2009 13th international Mindtrek Conference: Everyday Life in the Ubiquitous Era, Tampere, Finland, September 30 - October 02, 2009

Coordinating everyday life: the design of practices and tools in the life project of a group of active seniors

Andrea Botero, Kari-Hans Kommonen 2009 Proceedings of the COST 298 Conference: The Good, the Bad and the Challenging. Volume II

Co-designing for new city-citizen interaction possibilities: weaving prototypes and interventions in the design and development of Urban Mediator.

Andrea Botero, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2008 Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference Experiences and Challenges 08

Mapping social practices through collaborative exercises and visualizations

Andrea Botero, Anne Luotonen, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2008 Proceedings of NordiCHI 2008: Using Bridges

Miina, an everyday life management system

Andrea Botero, Roman Suzi, Mika Myller, Taina Rajanti 2008

Opening Exhibitions: The Visually Impaired and the Design of Probes Packages

Mariana Salgado, Andrea Botero 2008 Proceedings of the tenth anniversary conference on Participatory Design 2008

Urban Mediator v.2.0

Roman Suzi, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Joonas Juutilainen, Mark van der Putten, Andrea Botero , Abhigyan Singh, Tuomo Tarkiainen, Eirik Fatland 2008

Using Video to Support Co-Design of Information and Communication Technologies

Ville Tikkanen, Andrea Botero 2008 OBSERVATORIO (OBS*)

Using Video To Support Co-Design of Information and Communication Technologies

Ville Tikkanen, Andrea Botero 2007 Proceedings of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNEXPECTED Conference

Family Archive (alpha prototype) / Arki research group

Mika Myller, Kari-Hans Kommonen, Tuomo Tarkiainen, Joonas Juutilainen, Andrea Botero, Ville Tikkanen 2007

Urban Mediator HELSINKI DEMO (open to public)

Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Roman Suzi, Andrea Botero 2007

Urban Mediator alpha

Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Roman Suzi, Mika Myller, Andrea Botero 2007

IMPI a Concept and Prototype for Collective Documentation of Community Events

Andrea Botero, Giedre Kligyte, Pekka Salonen 2004 Proceedings of the eighth biennale Participatory Design Conference: Artful Integration: Interweaving Media, Materials and Practices V2

Communication and Matchmaking Support for Physical Places of Exchange

Mikael Koch, Sara Monaci, Andrea Botero, Mirjam Huis in’t Veld, Patrizia Andronico 2004 Proc. Intl. Conf. On Web Based Communities (WBC 2004)

Co-Designing Visions, Uses and Applications

Andrea Botero, Iina Oilinki, Kari-Hans Kommonen, Maria Koskijoki 2003 Proceedings of the 5th Academy of design Conference,

UNESCO Sound of Our Water

Tarmo Toikkanen, Giedre Kligyte, Janne Pietarila, Teemu Leinonen, Lee Doyun, Koray Tahiroglu, Andrea Botero 2003

Digital Tools for Community Building

Andrea Botero, Iina Ollinki, Kari-Hans Kommonen, Mariana Salgado 2002 Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference

The Game of Imaginary Beings

Andrea Botero, Riikka Pelo, Heidi Tikka 2002