Ramia Mazé joined the DfG teaching team in 2015 as course leader. As Professor of New Frontiers in Design at Aalto University, she specializes in the critical and participatory design of systems, services and products that alter social practices and public life. Until recently in Sweden, she worked in the Industrial Design program at Konstfack University College, in the Sustainable Urban Planning and Design program at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and at the national PhD school Designfakulteten. She has led several major interdisciplinary and international research projects and has worked as a professional designer in the EU and US. She has degrees in interaction design (PhD and MA) and architecture (BA).
Seungho Lee is founder of the DfG course and a core member of the teaching team. He is a designer and researcher residing in Helsinki. Currently he is studying how written briefs, briefing and framing aid design work across different sub-fields of design as a doctoral researcher at Aalto University, where he has initiated and developed Design for Government under the interdisciplinary master’s programme Creative Sustainability. Seungho has been serving as a Demos Helsinki Associate since 2013. Previously he has worked for the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and design consultancies in Helsinki and Seoul. He is also a co-founder of About:Blank, a Helsinki-Seoul based design-and-manufacturing firm.
Hella Hernberg is a founding and core member of the DfG teaching team. She is an architect and designer who runs Urban Dream Management, a strategic design practice striving towards creative and sustainable cities. Hella is an expert of smart use of existing resources and involving users and stakeholders in the development of built environment. Recently she also started her PhD studies at Aalto Design Department on participatory practices in the reuse of empty spaces. In 2012-13 Hella worked as a strategic designer at the Ministry of the Environment, through Sitra’s Design Exchange Programme. She is also editor and publisher of Helsinki Beyond Dreams (2012), a book about local initiatives and urban culture in Helsinki.
Juha Kronqvist is a founding and core member of the DfG teaching team. He is a senior service designer at Hellon and a lecturer at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Juha’s belief is that human-centric design can be used to create better services and digital system because it places people in the centre of the design process. His design work has been awarded nationally and internationally and he has been teaching in various design universities in Europe, North-America and Asia. He is also working on towards a doctoral thesis on design and healthcare.
Taneli Heinonen has been part of the DfG teaching staff from 2015. He is an independent consultant helping clients understand people as social and cultural beings instead of mere numbers on a spreadsheet. He also teaches methods of service design and ethnographic customer insights in Laurea University of Applied Sciences. He’s previously worked for a strategy consultancy Gemic and a service design agency Diagonal (currently known as Hellon). Taneli believes in the integration of rigorously built insights and persistent creative work.
Emma Berg is the teaching assistant for DfG in 2016-2017 and a MA Creative sustainability student at Aalto University. She has extensive experience in product development and communications from a multinational consumer goods company. During her studies she has gained experience in three projects in design for the public sector.