Aalto University; School of Arts, Design and Architecture

“The Department of Design produces design professionals who can work in industry, trade, cultural institutions or the media, or lead design businesses. Students become familiar with the concepts and methods related to the science, art and practice of design.”

Our meeting was arranged by Pipsa Asiala,  media coordinator and faculty. She included Young-ae Hahn, a Post-Doc researcher, and Pekka Korvenmaa, Vice Dean of the Design program. We were impressed by the interdisciplinary nature of the program, which includes design and architecture practices, as well as research. Their relatively new PhD program in Design is attracting applicants from all over the world. And the amazing thing is, they accept the best candidates regardless of citizenship (up to 80% non-Finnish), and the program is tuition-free – supported by the Government of Finland.

They have an archive but mostly student work and theses and dissertations. There is a film archive, KUVA, which is government run.

They have a research database – ReseDA


Thesis archive

Optika- MA thesis archive


They participate in CUMULUS – which is a network of Design Schools

There is a Finnish Assoc of Designers  http://www.ornamo.fi/

Pekka Korvenmaa wrote one of the best overall books on Finnish design that has been compiled, and he kindly gave us a copy, which we use as reference, and recommend to those who are not familiar with it. Finnish Design; a Concise History, ISBN: 978-951-558-295-9