Design Residencies

Design residencies are a core strand of programme at HIAP that approaches the complexities of the design practice from a number of angles. The goal is to present different critical perspectives and creative approaches, which allow insights into the practices and affect our understanding of innovation in design. The residency work process and results are communicated to the public via talks, lectures and other events organised in collaboration with various partners of HIAP in Helsinki. Starting 2017 the design residency is facilitated by HIAP associates designer and curator Martin Born and textile designer Rosa Tolnov Clausen.

British Council and Helsinki Design Week Collaboration

HIAP has collaborated with the British Council and Helsinki Design Week starting from 2012, offering UK-based practitioners a one month residency in Helsinki which coincides with the Helsinki Design Week. The British Council residency is for practitioners, who work at the intersections of art, design and architecture, and who have an interest in critical investigations and interventions into what constitutes design innovation. The residency period focuses on research and local networking, offering the resident practitioner an opportunity to create connections with local designers, curators, researchers and design experts.

The residency collaboration began as part of the Helsinki World Design Capital programme in 2012.

Previous Designers in Residence

FRAUD (2017) Artist duo Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo investigated the emerging material realm of carbon derivatives materials.

Luca Picardi (2016) developed a project called ‘Familiar'; a design research publication exploring patterns of mimicry in urban regeneration projects across Europe.

Teresa Dillon (2015) researched future plans for the city of Helsinki and proposed a free-to-use urban hut to be used by tourists visiting the city.

Tobias Revell (2014) offered a critical view into the design community in Helsinki, based on the theme Take the Leap.

Tzortzis Rallis (2013) explored the Helsinki graphic design scene on the theme of Public Acts / Quiet Riot.

Julia Tcharfas (2012) responded to the residency theme Embedding Design in Life with a sound composition titled 'Eco-System'.



Programme partners


British Council    HDW    Aalto University