Andrea Botero Cabrera

Andrea Botero Cabrera

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

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 in multiple domains ranging from everyday life to scientific endeavors. 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 infrastructure those spaces better to support livable futures for communities and the environment.

I currently lead 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 Research Council of Finland (Suomen Akatemia). I have been involved in the Creatures project, and ambitious H2020 project that explored the role of creative practices in sustainability transformations that we are wrapping up now. Since August 2022 I am Associate Professor (New Frontiers of Design) 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 MA program (Fall) 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, interaction designer and design researcher. I still do occasional consultancy and service design gigs.

I have a BA in Industrial Design from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (COL) and an MA in Product and Strategic Design from Aalto ARTS, (FIN). I obtained my Doctor of Arts degree in New Media also from Aalto. Before returning to Aalto I worked 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, in Bogotá (COL) and Guest Professor at the Centre for Sustainable and Digital Transformation, at Aalborg University (DK). I am also conspirator at collective design research studio called Suo&co, that I convene with 3 other wonderful friends. 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. I do design and multigenerational diversity activism through Ninho ry, a Finnish NGO creating a more diverse and plurilingual children's culture in Finland.

Full researcher profile



, 6132 Visual arts and design, 520 Other social sciences, Industrial design, Science studies


  • Inuse


Open Forest

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

Scalar trajectories in design: The case of DIY cloth face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Andrea Botero, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2023 Artifact: Journal of Design Practice

Open Forest at PDC22: Embracing Cosmologies exhibition

Andrea Botero, Markéta Dolejšová, Jaz Hee jeong Choi 2022

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 Showcase at Helsinki Design Week 2022 (Designs for Cooler Planet)

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

Feral Gift

Markéta Dolejšová, Danielle Wilde, Jaz Hee jeong Choi, Andrea Botero, Iryna Zamuruieva, Ann Light, Felipe Gonzales Gil, Martyna Miller 2022

Open Forest at Helsinki Design Week

Markéta Dolejšová, Andrea Botero, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi 2022

Open Forest at the CreaTures Festival Exhibition

Markéta Dolejšová, Andrea Botero, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi 2022

Walking in the Open Forest: Playing with Stories and Data

Markéta Dolejšová, Andrea Botero, Jaz Hee jeong Choi, Cristina Ampatzidou 2022