Research field is an area of academic research in which the school has agreed to provide doctoral education. The Aalto Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture offers doctoral education in 10 research fields. Each doctoral candidate is appointed a supervising professor who represents the research field approved for the candidate.

Contact: emails are in the form firstname.lastname (a) aalto.fi

Research field and DepartmentSupervising professors, specified field
Doctor of Arts (Art and Design) degree


Dept. of Art: Art Education
(in Finnish: taidekasvatus)

Mira Kallio-Tavin, Arts-based Research and Pedagogy
Helena Sederholm, Art Education
Anniina Suominen, Art Pedagogy
Kevin Tavin, International Art Education

Dept. of Art: Contemporary Art
(in Finnish: nykytaide)

Laura Beloff, Visual Culture and Artistic Practices
Bassam El Baroni, Curating and Mediating Art
Paula Hohti, History of Art and Culture
Mira Kallio-Tavin, Arts-based Research and Pedagogy
Harri Laakso, Photography Research
Helena Sederholm, Art Education
Anniina Suominen, Art Pedagogy
Kevin Tavin, International Art Education

Dept. of Art: Visual Culture
(in Finnish: visuaalinen kulttuuri)

Laura Beloff, Visual Culture and Artistic Practices
Paula Hohti, History of Art and Culture
Mira Kallio-Tavin, Arts-based Research and Pedagogy
Harri Laakso, Photography Research
Kevin Tavin, International Art Education

Dept. of Design: Design
(in Finnish: muotoilu)

Martina Caic, Strategic Service Design
Idil Gaziulusoy, Sustainable Design
Sampsa Hyysalo, Co-design
Guy Julier, Design Leadership
Turkka Keinonen, Industrial Design
Andrés Lucero, Interaction Design
Maarit Mäkelä, Practice-led Design Research
Tuuli Mattelmäki, Product and Service Systems
Kirsi Niinimäki, Fashion Research
Oscar Person, Design Integration

Virpi Roto, Experience Design
Anna Valtonen, Strategic Design
Annamari Vänskä, Fashion research
Dept. of Film, Television and Scenography: Film and Television
(in Finnish: elokuvataide)
Susanna Helke, Film research
Raija Talvio, Screenwriting for film and television
Dept. of Film, Television and Scenography: Scenography and Costume Design
(in Finnish: lavastus ja pukutaide)

Sofia Pantouvaki, Costume Design for Theatre and Film

Dept. of Media: New Media
(in Finnish: uusi media)

Lily Díaz-Kommonen, New Media
Perttu Hämäläinen, Computer Games
Teemu Leinonen, New Media Design and Learning
Andrés Lucero, Interaction Design

Dept. of Media: Photography
(in Finnish: valokuva)

Marjaana KellaContemporary Art Photography
Harri Laakso, Photography Research

Dept. of Media: Visual Communication Design
(in Finnish: visuaalisen viestinnän muotoilu)
Masood Masoodian, Visual Communication Design
Doctor of Science (Architecture) degree
Dept. of Architecture: Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism
(in Finnish: arkkitehtuuri-, maisema- ja kaupunkitutkimus)

Antti Ahlava, Emergent Design Methodologies
Günther Filz, Structures and Architecture
Ranja Hautamäki, Landscape Architecture    
Anssi Joutsiniemi, Urban Development and Modelling
Toni Kotnik, Design of Structures
Matti Kuittinen, Resource Effectivity and Environmental Impacts
Karin Krokfors, Urban Design Practices
Kimmo Lapintie, Urban and Regional Planning
Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Building Design
Panu Savolainen, History of Architecture and Architectural Conservation