Curriculum Vitae for Taideteollinen korkeakouluAlastair Fuad-Luke is currently Professor of Practice, Emerging Design Practices at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS), Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland,  Since 1997 he has operated his own practice as a sustainable design facilitator, consultant, educator, writer and activist – see – working with diverse clients in educational, private, public and social sectors in the UK, Europe, and internationally. He is currently delivering co-design coaching and developing an open source co-design manual with the City of Lahti, just north of Helsinki. He is experienced in leading European design projects. From December 2012 he leads NODUS, Aalto ARTS in an EU Eco-Innovera project called SHIFT (Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation); from November 2006 to June 2008 he managed the European project DEEDS (Design Education & Sustainabiity) for ICIS (International Centre for Innovation & Sustainability, Denmark), . He has contributed to the development of many specialist Bachelors and Masters level courses embedding ‘Design(-ing) for Sustainability’ and has been a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Lecturer on post-graduate and under-graduate courses at a number of UK universities. He has also been a visiting lecturer overseas in Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia. As a writer he is best known internationally for his regularly updated The Eco-Design Handbook (2002, 2005 and 2009). More recently he has authored Design Activism (2009) and The Eco-Travel Handbook (2008).

FOTO JORGE cl (1)Jorge Calvillois an architect who has vast experience in Sustainable constructions. He runs his own studio, but is also involved in the academia; he teaches in Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Additionally, he collaborates with NGO’s. In 2012, he kindly participated as a speaker during our seminar; where he spoke about Architecture and Complexity. He later agreed to supervise our work in the Eco-Hostel project. With him, we designed a general working plan which had to start by knowing the place, and having a catalogue of materials and technologies. CURRICULUM CON IMAGENES oct 11

OmarOmar Rojas: Doctoral Candidate in the Geography Institute at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). MSc. in Environment and development, major in Sustainable Development at CIEMAD at Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN). He is head of the BSc. Programme in Engineering in Sustainable Development at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de México. He has worked in the Geography Institute at UNAM in the academic management of the Ecological Territorial Sorting for the Petrol Zone North V in the state of Chiapas. He has worked in the University Program of the Environment (PUMA is the acronym in Spanish) at UNAM, in Environmental Impact Projects for Parota dam in the State of Guerrero; environmental factibility for the International Airport in Mexico City (Texcoco or Tizayuca); technical project to elaborate the Emissions and pollutants transference records for the National Institute of Ecology (INE). He has authored various scientific papers, journal articles and book chapters. (Ecological land management in the oil municipalities of Region V North, Chiapas: limits and perspectives of participatory community workshops)

Constantino Landa. I have been in the direction of Industrial Design IMG_2040Program in Tec de Monterrey CCM for almost 3 years, and more than 8 as a professor teaching project courses and design methodology and management. I was born in Guatemala City, but have been living in Mexico City since 1967. Constantino has supported Aalto LAB Mexico from the beginning, he has helped us get in touch with his students, but also with the departments within Tec de Monterrey that could help fund the project.

Hjorth_photoSuvi Hjorth. Environmental Specialist in Finnish Consulting Group. Suvi’s daily work consists on taking water and soil samples within Helsinki City. She will particularly assess the Water Project in the field. It is through Hjorth’s participation that Aalto LAB Mexico invites FCG to get more formally involved in the long term Water Project in Calakmul.




RodolfoRodolfo Alvarado, founder of Proyecto Yectlahuilli gave us a great lecture titled “Democratization by solar energy”. With the natural systems collapsing, the key to future energy production is in solar energy, which is a free resource for all. HIs comparison of the amount of jobs the fossil fuel industry creates in comparison to the renewable energy sources was a true eye-opener. Since we’ve managed to change the balance of the world, we need to change the our ways to balance it out so that our planet can survive. He also travelled with us to the field as an expert; nowadays he is one of the main mentors in the Eco-hostel project.

DelfínBiologist U. Delfín Montañana gave us a fantastic insight into the inspiration and innovation nature holds. His talk made a point of reminding us of the connections of the universe once again – tug on anything at all and you’ll find it’s connected to the rest of the universe. To make a difference, we need to act, think and be different. Also to understand the potential of a community, we need to learn about the roots of the community. To sum it up; silence your intelligence, be humble, go to the nature, be curious! The principles of life should be the principles of design. In October 2013, he joined one of our meetings and assessed the Eco-Hostel project. He introduced the idea that the construction could be conceptualized as an organism, and the project as a seed, where 20 Nov would be the earth, and people the nourishments and water for it to bloom.

IrmaMA Irma L. Uribe Santibañez holds a Masters Degree in Political Economy of International Development from the University of Toronto and a BA in International Relations from the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (UDLAP). She is currently Project Manager in Fundación IDEA, a public policy Mexican think-tank. Previously, she worked in IMIFAP, a Mexican NGO that seeks to achieve social development through programmes in education, health, citizenship and productivity. She has also worked in the United Nations Development Programme in Mexico, where she specialized in rights and development of people with disability, indigenous peoples, and youth. She also has experience in social and political risk analysis through her work in British consultancy Control Risks. Irma has focused her research in Mexico and Latin America. Her fields of study center on the development of vulnerable population groups (such as youth, women, indigenous peoples and people with disabilities), community development, collective identities, social movements and democratic transition and consolidation. Irma enjoys reading and writing children’s stories, walking and playing with Mateo and Sam (her two dogs) and is currently discovering a whole new world and her greatest inspiration through three-month old Emiliana. She firmly believes in the power of stories and in bottom-up community and social development.

HagermanOscar Hagerman is an architect and designer who has spent decades working in communities all around Mexico, many of them, indigenous. Oscar approaches design in a very special manner, he speaks not of customers or users, but about “those who will live a design”. When we invited him to be a speaker for our seminar in 2012, he appreciated ALM’s concept, and he pointed out that the difficult part of making the indigenous people participate is that for 500 years they’ve been told what they should do, what they want to do is a different, new question. His talk, as usual, was highky emotional; he invited us to continue with his work by saying, “I have walked a long way; somehow I feel I’m reaching the goal; I’m very happy, I’ve been a very lucky person, I’ve worked the way I like, with people in their communities”


SONY DSCPeek Toys is a recently founded Mexican social enterprise. We got in touch with Ariadna Stamatio and Piero Torio through Rodolfo Alvarado. They’ve created a design toy, a human-Mayan figure (at least for the first edition) for people to decorate freely. However, they aim to work together with different indigenous groups in Mexico, and develop special editions. In 2012, Miriam Cahuich carved a fantastic headdress and this year, her group has helped her carve 7 fully wooden PeekToys figures. The business model is such that the artisans get paid a salary and part of the profit goes back to the community either as money or material (Peek Toys has already sent Miriam some tools).

44254_356798251074914_1421363318_nTuuli Mattelmäki “I am the Encore team’s leader and associate professor at the Department of Design. My  starting point for research is in empathic design and explorative methods in user-centred design, design probes in particular. My current research interests concern creative co-design methods in design for services, as well as the new application contexts of designerly approaches.” Tuuli has lectured us twice; the first time she talked about “Design Probes”, and the second time she inspired the Gov Jam participants by talking about her experiences when designing for the public sector.


FormalPablo Monterrubio is a civil engineer and an architect who has been lecturing for different departments within the Engineering Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico since 2004. He is also the founder and director of Proyecto Tierra, a Mexican company which brings environmental specialists together in order to offer high level training and specialized training. Pablo and his team assessed the Eco-Hostel and Water Projects; raising awareness in matters like estimating the maximum capacity of guests in the hostel through the excess of water and food. He also helped us interpret the results of the water analysis and generate an initial water system map.

eetuKalevi “Eetu” Ekman is the creator of Aalto Design Factory; where he develops all types of roles, as he says, from manager to janitor. He is also Professor of product development. It was through Design Factory that Aalto LAB came into being, when it was designed as the first project to be hosted in Aalto Tongji Design Factory. Eetu has always been very supportive, he has helped us fund the LAB’s, print reports, and he has also lectured for us. During Challenging the Mindset Workshop, Eetu ran a PD6 (Product Development in 6 hours) workshop for our students.


RoebRoeb García directs the Center of Technological Innovation at Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico City. He is specialized in Green Chemistry, Biotechnology, sustainable materials, hydric eco-efficiency and education. Roeb participated as one of the speakers in the seminar called “Designing for Social Sustainability: A polydisciplinary Approach” in 2012, where he gave a talk about a project for sustainability taking place in Xochimilco in Mexico City. Roeb has followed the development of Aalto LAB Mexico since its beginning, and is especially interested in pushing the Water Project forward.

75698_356798051074934_645003407_nAndrew Clutterbuck works in Aalto Design Factory, Aalto Global Impact and in the Aalto-Unicef Collaboration. Andy is a very experienced coach who constantly facilitates workshops. He has been involved with Aalto LAB Mexico by sharing his field experiences with us. During “Challenging the Mindset” he joined the facilitation team and helped different groups come up with very interesting concepts in the Gov Jam. Andy understands the nature of these projects very well, including the difficulty to get them funded; we truly appreciate how he encouraged us to keep on going.





Mikko Heiskala is a project researcher and education coordinator in Aalto University (Service Factory and Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Science). Mikko has been hosting international “Jam” events in Aalto Service Factory; the first Gov’ Jam during the summer of 2013, which became a compulsory part of “Challenging the Mindset”.


SONY DSCKana Nakanishi is a product and interior designer currently working in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, Kana graduated from the MA programme in Applied Art and Design from Aalto University (ARTS). While studying in Aalto, she was part of one of the first multidisciplinary project of the recently constituted university: the team designed Luukku House for the Solar Decathlon Europe, which took place in Spain in 2010, where Kana participated as an interior designer. During her visit to Mexico City in early October 2013, she kindly shared her experience with the Eco-Hostel team, where she introduced the concept of a construction with the least carbon footprint and as energetically self-sufficient as possible.  Her website.


jussiJussi Alaputto is highly experienced in the world of business. Having lived many years out of Finland, he’s got a deep understanding of other cultures. Although his main focus nowadays is Business Professionals Group, he founded and is still involved with Greenfain, a company which develops chemical products to fight the water crisis. Jussi lectured the participants of ‘Challenging the Mindset’, and also the Water project during ALM 2013.




adolfoAdolfo Balfre is an industrial designer and lecturer in the Research Centre for Industrial Design in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (CIDI-UNAM). Adolfo has been working in the region of Calakmul by being part of the Mayan Design Winter Workshop and independently by making bamboo constructions. Adolfo joined ALM 2013 as a tutor for the Eco-Hostel project. Right from the beginning, he introduced the idea of thinking about ‘20 de Noviembre’ as a hostel, and to offer segregated facilities within. His blog.



GabyGabriela Yáñez is an economist and a doctoral candidate in Social Policy from the Graduate Business School of the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico City. Gaby tutored the Cultural Brand project by joining several of their meetings and conducting research on the Mexican Social Security System (IMSS). It was through her that we found out the possibility of paying a voluntary fee to enrol, rather than strictly doing it through a formal job in an established company or NGO.

Lilia Alonzo is a lawyer who has been working in White & Case since July 2006. She has significant experience in corporate transactions, financial restructuring, international bankruptcy proceedings and environmental matters. Lilia tutored the Cultural Brand team, she helped to design a general working plan for the ‘preparation period’, before going to the field in 2013.


Graduada como arquitecta por el Tecnológico de Monterrey, con estudios de postgrado en La Sorbonne, de París, y con un “Master In Sciences”, la Dra. Josefina Mena-Abraham, quien se ha especializado en antropología urbana, preside actualmente el Grupo de Tecnología Alternativa S.C. (GTA), el cual ella misma fundó a finales de los años 70. Gracias a su experiencia en la reconceptualización de la vivienda como un centro social productivo introduciendo tecnologías alternativas manejables por la comunidad, la Dra. Mena-Abraham coordinó los Planes Municipales y Estatales de desarrollo Urbano del Sureste Mexicano, donde quedó evidenciado que el manejo inadecuado del agua es punto clave en la salud pública, el cual, agrava los problemas socioeconómicos de nuestro país. El objetivo principal de la Dra. Josefina Mena-Abraham, es el de estimular la planificación regional hacia un desarrollo sustentable, mediante la acción social y ecológica. Fue galardonada por el Gobierno Federal con el título de: Inventora, por el Sistema Integral de Reciclamiento de Desechos Orgánicos (SIRDO, 1986), y en marzo del 2000, recibió el “International Achievment Award” de la National Wildlife Federation, en Washington, DC.

Dra. Anna-Emilia Hietanen, Coordinadora de Proyectos de la Embajada de Finladia en México. Entre estos proyectos destaca el de Cooperación para el Desarrollo y Asuntos de Derechos Humanos. Anna- Emilia es doctora en Estudios Latinoamericanos por la UNAM y maestra en Ciencias Políticas por la Universidad de Helsinki. La Dra. Hietanen tiene una amplia trayectoria profesional en nuestro país, dentro de la cual destaca su participación en el Instituto Mexicano de Investigación de Familia y Población, A.C. (Yo quiero, Yo puedo – IMIFAP), de la cual actualmente se desempeña como Líder de Recursos Internacionales. Es también docente en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UNAM.  Ha participado en seminarios y congresos, presentando su última ponencia en 2013: Coloquio <<Para una historia del presente en México>> (UNAM). Algunas de sus publicaciones: “Gender stereotypes, sexuality and culture in Mexico.” y “Psychosocial Barriers as Impediments to the Expansion of Functionings and Capabilities: the Case of Mexico”.

Mtra. Laura García Querol

La maestra Laura García es Licenciada en Relaciones Internacionales por la UNAM y tiene una maestría en Estudios Diplomáticos por el Instituto Matías Romero de Estudios Diplomáticos de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores.  Actualmente se desempeña como Subdirectora de Cooperación con Europa en la Dirección General de Cooperación Técnica y Científica de la Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID), de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores.  Es diplomática de carrera y tiene rango de segundo secretario. Ha sido representante de México en Polonia, Israel y Reino Unido, adscripciones en las que se ha desempeñado como Encargada de Asuntos Políticos y Culturales, Encargada de Cooperación Educativa y Cultural, y Encargada de Cooperación Educativa, Técnica y Científica; respectivamente.

Arq. Loreta Castro Reguera Mancera

Loreta estudió arquitectura en la UNAM y en la Academia de Arquitectura de Mendrisio, donde estuvo bajo la tutela del reconocido arquitecto suizo, Peter Zumthor. Se graduó con mención honorífica y  fue galardonada con el premio Abraham Zabludovsky a la mejor tesis del año 2004.  Tiene una maestría en Diseño Urbano en la Escuela de Diseño de la Universidad de Harvard.  Su investigación sobre el manejo del agua en ciudades le valió el Premio Druker. Desarrolló la investigación <<Inundaciones Urbanas: Aprendiendo de las Ciudades en Tierras Bajas>>, a partir de la cual ha podido trabajar en países como Brasil, India, China, Italia, Holanda y Bangladesh.  La investigación internacional de la Arq. Castro sobre Diseño Urbano Sensible al Agua funcionó como base para instituir en el año 2011, junto con Yvonne Labiaga P. el Taller Hídirico Urbano de la Facultad de Arquitectura de la UNAM, donde se han realizado propuestas sobre el mejor manejo del agua. Sitios como Tláhuac, Iztapalapa y Zumpango, han contado con propuestas de su parte.  Actualmente, Loreta es Directora de Diseño de Taller Capital, un taller de arquitectura que desarrolla proyectos para vivienda, pero también se enfoca en el diseño urbano y de paisaje.  Este año, el Taller obtuvo el primer lugar en el concurso para el Pabellón Eco, con el nombre <<Paradoja Hídrica>>.



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