Upgrading Design Skills

Part of: Finnish Design Days in Moscow

strelka courtyard
english (translated to russian)

How can designers stay ahead of the curve? How is our education system changing, and will it allow us to learn new knowledge and skills? How can we access European educational programs and professional organizations?

These and other questions will be the subject of a round-table discussion at Strelka. Participants will include Aalto University president Tuula Teeri, and professors Mikko Koria (Aalto University School of Economics) and Marjo Mäenpää (Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture). Guests will include Ejia Salmi, general secretary of the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus), and Cumulus president Christian Guellerin, Evgeniy Ass, rector of MARCH Architecture School, Alexandr Avramov, director of the British Higher School of Art and Design and specialists from the Stroganov Academy of Art.

Tuula Teeri is the president of Finland’s prestigious Aalto University, which was established in 2010 with the merger of the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology, and the Helsinki University of Art and Design.

Marjo Mäenpää is a professor at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture, where she served as dean from 2006 to 2009. Mäenpää has worked closely with Finnish design museums. Her interests include accessible services for people with disabilities. Recently, Mäenpää headed Aalto University’s “New Educational Program for Professionals”.

Eija Salmi is director of international development at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture and general secretary Cumulus.

Christian Guellerin is president of Cumulus, whose mission is to transfer knowledge and best practices in art and design education and research. During Christian’s tenure, Cumulus’ membership has risen from 80 to 189 members, many of whom are located outside of Europe. International design experts lead the organization’s 15 working groups.