Andrea Botero Cabrera

Research Fellow
Research Fellow
A803 Dept. Design

My work engages with the possibilities, and contradictions of participating in design, and designing participation today. I am interested in what counts as design and what other practices for world making are there, and which ones we need to call into being. I have explored these issues in multiple domains ranging from everyday life to scientific endeavors. My design works explores the creation of environments, tools and media that afford more relational and caring interactions among, and between people, collectives and their environment. Through my research, I aim to understand how collectives (broadly speaking) come to understand the design spaces available to them and how designers could infrastructure those spaces better, especially looking to support livable futures. These work happens at the intersection of design practice, science and technology studies and participatory design and research.

I am Associate Professor (New Frontiers of Design) at the Department of Design where I currently lead INUSE research group. Currently 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 Research Council of Finland (Suomen Akatemia).

Teaching 2024:

MUO-E8041  Collaborative and participatory techniques for design - Creative sustainability MA program (Fall) at the Department of Design

MUO-E0020 Intro to MA studies (Fall)- for all MA students of the Department of Design (Together with Prof Pirjo Kääriainen and Prof Marco Steimberg)

I advice / supervise 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 product owner, interaction designer and design researcher. I do occasional design consultancy gigs.

I have a BA in Industrial Design from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (COL) and an MA in Product and Strategic Design from Aalto (FIN) where I also obtained my Doctor of Arts degree in New Media. I worked afterwards as post-doc at the department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu (FIN).

In addition, I am adjunct professor (dosenti) at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (COL) and Guest Professor at the Centre for Sustainable and Digital Transformation, Aalborg University (DK).

I am a conspirator at a collective design research studio called Suo&co, that I convene with 3 wonderful friends. In my spare time  I do design and multigenerational diversity activism through the board of Ninho ry, a Finnish NGO creating a more diverse and plurilingual children's culture in Finland. I ocassionally collaborate with Fundación Karisma, a Colombian NGO seeking to respond to human rights issues in the context of digital technologies and social innovation dynamics.

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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, Science studies


2024 Ziman Award: CreaTures (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures) project

The Award is given to the core team of the CreaTures (Creative Practice for Transformational Futures) project:<br/><br/>from Aalto University, Tuuli Mattelmäki (Principal Investigator/coordinator), Andrea Botero, Markéta Dolejšová (lead on our laboratory), Julia Lohmann, Kirsi Hakio, Gaurika Singhal, Savannah Vize, Namkyu Chun, Jarkko Mutanen (project manager);<br/>from University of Sussex, Ann Light (lead on research gathering and analysis), Lara Houston, Kit Braybrooke;<br/>from RMIT University, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi (lead on engagement), Cristina Ampatzidou, Ralph Horne;<br/>from Utrecht University, Joost Vervoort (lead on evaluation), Lucas Rutting;<br/>from Superflux (creative partner), Anab Jain, Jon Arden, Nicola Ferrao;<br/>from Kersnikova (creative partner), Jana Putrle Srdić, Simon Gmajner, Sandra Sajovic, Jurij Krpan, Klemen Kristan;<br/>from Hellon (creative partner), Kirsikka Vaajakallio;<br/>from Zemos98 (creative partner), Felipe Gonzáles Gil, Rosalía Gutiérrez;<br/>from Furtherfield (creative partner), Ruth Catlow, Charlotte Frost;<br/>from OKFI (NGO partner), Tarmo Tokkanen, Teemu Ropponen, Susanna Ånäs;<br/>from Sniffer (NGO partner), Ruth Wolstenholme, Iryna Zamuruieva.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Jul 2024


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Inter-weavings of Practice and Research in the Tšombiach (Woven Sashes) of the Kamëntŝa Biya People

Susana Patricia Chicunque Agreda, Eliana Sánchez-Aldana, Alexandra Cuarán Jamioy, Andrea Botero 2024

Messy, entangled, and shapeshifting: Feral Mapping

Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Andrea Botero, Markéta Dolejšová, Lachlan Sleight 2024

Feral Experiments in CreaTures Co-Laboratory

Markéta Dolejšová, Andrea Botero, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Michal Mitro, Agnieszka Pokrywka, Chewie Škubánek, Tuuli Mattelmäki 2024

9 Dimensions for evaluating how art and creative practice stimulate societal transformations

Joost Vervoort, Tara Smeenk, Iryna Zamuruieva, Lisa L. Reichelt, Mae van Veldhoven, Lucas Rutting, Ann Light, Lara Houston, Ruth Wolstenholme, Markéta Dolejšová, Anab Jain, Jon Ardern, Ruth Catlow, Kirsikka Vaajakallio, Zeynep Falay von Flittner, Jana Putrle Srdic, Julia Lohmann, Carien Moossdorff, Tuuli Mattelmäki, Cristina Ampatzidou, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Andrea Botero, Kyle A. Thompson, Jonas Torrens, Richard Lane, Astrid C. Mangnus 2024

Art of Research: Reimagining

Andrea Botero 2023

Living with Feral Ecologies (artist)

Andrea Botero, Markéta Dolejšová, Jaz Hee jeong Choi 2023

Open Forest

Andrea Botero, Markéta Dolejšová, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi 2023 CreaTures Co-Laboratory Catalogue