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).
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.
Núria Solsona is an Associate Professor at Aalto University and an independent consultant in service design. She combines a background in Graphic Design (BA) and Innovation Management (MA). At Aalto Núria teaches the practice of service design for BA and MA levels. Previously she worked as a service design consultant at the Livework studio in London. Clients included BBC, Kone, London Underground, Nordea, and Government of Thailand. Nuria also collaborates regularly as a lecturer and executive coach at the ESADE business school in Barcelona and CIID in Copenhagen.
Seungho Lee is a designer and researcher residing in Helsinki, who founded the Design for Government course under Aalto University‘s interdisciplinary master’s programme Creative Sustainability. As a designer, he has worked for the strategic design unit at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and design consultancies in Helsinki and Seoul. As a researcher, he is currently studying written briefs, briefing and framing in design consulting across different sub-fields of design. Besides his work at Aalto University, Seungho has been serving as an associate for the nordic think tank Demos Helsinki since 2013.
Tania Rodriguez is a visiting lecturer on the DfG course. She is a part of the Visual Communication Design doctoral research group. Her research focuses on second language learning through design methods to foster independent and sustainable learning. firstname.lastname@example.org
Anni Leppänen is part of the DfG support team and alumni of DfG 2015. Anni has been working as a strategic designer in Finnish government digital transformation at D9 team and Tax Administration. She is finalising her studies at Aalto MA Creative Sustainability. Previously, she studied social sciences at University of London. Anni has over 10 years of experience working in the public sector. Before shifting to design, Anni has worked as a Science and Innovation Officer for the UK government. Anni on Twitter (https://twitter.com/annilepp)
Riina Ruus-Prato is the teaching assistant for DfG in 2019, an alumni of DfG from 2018, and a MA Creative Sustainability student at Aalto University. She has a background in ceramics and experience both in product design as well as with artistic procedures. During the course of her studies, she has focused on people’s relationship with nature and is minoring in Urban Studies & Planning. email@example.com
Hella Hernberg is on leave from teaching in DfG in 2019. Hella 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.
Juha Kronqvist is on leave from teaching in DfG in 2018 and 2019. Juha 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. www.juhakronqvist.fi
Former teaching assistants
Petra Leino, teaching assistant 2018
Emma Berg, teaching assistant 2017
Paula Karlsson, teaching assistant 2016