Luis Vega

Luis Vega

Doctoral Researcher
Doctoral Researcher
Department of Design

Designer-researcher Luis Vega specializes in cross-cultural collaboration. Informed by the dynamics of people, places, and processes, his work employs collective acts of making as a means to investigate ways of socializing knowledge through materiality. In addition to running an award-winning practice, he teaches design research and speaks at conferences. His projects have been published widely and exhibited in galleries, museums, fairs, and biennials in cities like Hong Kong, London, Milan, New York, and Tokyo.

In 2018, Luis was appointed Program Director of Industrial Design at the prestigious Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, where he completed his bachelor's degree in 2009. Previous roles include Head of Design, External Consultant, and Visiting Researcher in various design-oriented organizations internationally. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Modern Craft from the Kyoto Institute of Technology (2014) and a Master of Arts in International Design Business Management from Aalto University (2018).

Since 2019, Luis works in the Empirica Research Group at the Department of Design, where he investigates processes of 'distributed thinking through making'—a term he coined to simultaneously articulate the topic of his doctoral thesis and a programmatic approach tailored to study that topic. The thesis sets out to offer a methodological contribution to the field of practice-led design research, specifically by delineating how it can decenter the designer-researcher from the investigative process and account for the epistemic role of making beyond the scale of individual practice. Luis’s research also contributes to the MakerStudioPeda project, an ongoing investigation into the role of materiality, maker practices, and design studio pedagogy in the digital age. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland and conducted jointly with the University of Helsinki in four Nordic countries.

Full researcher profile
Otakaari 1 00076 Aalto Finland


Collaborative practice, Distributed cognition, Knowledge creation, Making, Relational ontology, Research through design, Sociomateriality


  • Empirica, Doctoral Researcher


From not yet knowing to achieving directionality: On the roles of materiality in multi-sited, interdisciplinary studio settings

Anniliina Omwami, Luis Vega, Varpu Mehto, Priska Falin, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 2023 FormAkademisk

Listening to the sociomaterial: When thinking through making extends beyond the individual

Luis Vega, Maarit Mäkelä, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 2023 Design Studies

Making things that change

Luis Vega, Julia Valle Noronha, Gary Markle, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Sara Hulkkonen, Priska Falin, Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen, Maiju Suomi, Gianluca Giabardo 2023

Observar lo que aún no existe

Luis Vega 2022 Dysprosium

Distributed Thinking through Making

Luis Vega 2021 Proceedings of Nordes 2021

Moments of Entanglement

Luis Vega, Maarit Mäkelä, Tzuyu Chen, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 2021 FormAkademisk

Shared Authorship in Research through Art, Design, and Craft

Luis Vega, Bilge Aktas, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Priska Falin, Julia Valle Noronha 2021 Research in Arts and Education

Objects of knowing

Luis Vega Hernandez 2018

Tradition and Territory

Luis Vega 2017