Ramia Mazé

Ramia Mazé specializes in participatory and critical practices of design. She is Professor of New Frontiers in Design at Aalto University in Finland. Previously in Sweden, she worked at Konstfack College of Arts Crafts and Design, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology School of Achitecture, at the national PhD school Designfakulteten, and at the Interactive Institute. Trained as a designer and architect, she has worked in design consultancies and corporate research in the US and Europe. Her PhD is in interaction design. She has led, published and exhibited widely through interdisciplinary and international research projects in the areas of sustainable development, design activism, smart materials, and interactive spaces. Recent projects include ‘Utopia Now Here’ situated at the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial, ‘Designing Social Innovation’ survey of projects in the US and Europe, and DESIGN ACT Socially- and politically-engaged design today (Berlin: Sternberg Press / Iaspis, 2010). She is also co-editor of the journal Design Issues. 


Publications (since 2011)


Keshavarz, M., and Mazé, R. (2013) ‘Design and Dissensus: Framing and staging participation in design research’, Design Philosophy Papers, 1: unpaginated.

Mazé, R. (2013) ‘Formes Critiques: Pour une pratique critique du design’, Les Cahiers du Musée National d'Art Moderne, 123 (special issue 'Design & Prospective Industrielle'): 46-55.


Mazé, R. (2017) ‘Design and the Future: Temporal politics of ‘making a difference’ in R.C. Smith and T. Otto (eds), Design Anthropological Futures. London: Bloomsbury.

de Jong, A., and Mazé, R. (2017) ‘How about dinner? Concepts and methods in designing for sustainable lifestyles’ in J. Chapman (ed), The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design. London: Routledge.

Plöjel, M., Mazé, R., Olausson, L., Redström, J., and Zetterlund, C. (eds) (2013) 
Share This Book: Critical perspectives and dialogues about design and sustainability. Stockholm: Axl Books. ISBN (Print) 9789186883140 ISBN (E-book): 9789186883195

            Includes the following co-/authored sections:

Mazé, R., Redström, J., and Zetterlund, C. 'Introductions', 5-14.

Mazé, R. 'Who is Sustainable? Querying the politics of sustainable design practices', 83-122.

Mazé, R., Plöjel, M., Redström, J., and Zetterlund, C. 'Concluding Dialogue', 125-128.

BOOKS, BOOK CHAPTERS- books, articles and book chapters

Mazé, R. (ed) (2013) SWITCH! Design and everyday energy ecologies. Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, Stockholm. ISBN (Print) 9789198092400 ISBN (E-book): 9789198092417

            Includes the following co-authored sections:

Mazé, R., Messager, A., Thwaites, T., and Önal, B. ‘Energy Futures’, 6-44.

Avila, M., Carpenter, J., and Mazé, R. ‘3Ecologies’, 45-80.

Schneidler, T., Ballhatchet, T., Sasson, S., and Mazé, R. ‘Green Memes’, 81-100.

Bergström, J., Clark, B., Frigo, A., Mazé, R., Redström, J., and Vallgårda, A. ‘Telltale’, 101-132.

Broms, L., Ehrnberger, K., and Mazé, R. ‘Ab|Norm’, 133-158.

Bergström, J., Mazé, R., Redström, J., Vallgårda, A., Jeczmyk, O., and Bildinstitutet. ‘Symbiots’, 159-200.

Mazé, R., and Redström, J. ‘Explanation’, 201-223.

Plöjel, M., Mazé, R., Olausson, L., Redström, J., and Zetterlund, C. (eds) (2013) 
Share This Book: Critical perspectives and dialogues about design and sustainability. Stockholm: Axl Books. ISBN (Print) 9789186883140 ISBN (E-book): 9789186883195

Mazé, R. (2012) 'A Critical Practice', in M. Zimm (ed), The Swedish Museum of Architecture: A fifty year perspective. Stockholm: The Swedish Museum of Architecture, 158-160. ISBN 978-91-85460-88-5

Ericson, M., and Mazé, R. (eds) (2011) DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today – critical roles and emerging tactics. Berlin: Sternberg Press / Iaspis. ISBN 978-91-978882-1-9

            Includes the following co-authored sections:

Ericson, M., and Mazé, R. 'Introduction', 'Reflection', 'About', 'WHAT', 'HOW', and 'WHERE', 6-11, 277-297, 11-15 and 298-327, 16-18, 102-109, 156-162. 

Mazé, R., and Llorens, N. 'HOW does it happen and what does it take', 110-155. 


Forlano, L., Ståhl, Å, Mazé, R., Jönsson, L. Lindström, K. (2016) Conversation: Making, Mending & Growing in Feminist Speculative Fabulations, in Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference (Brighton UK, Jun).

Mazé, R. (2014) ‘Our Common Future? Political Questions for Designing Social Innovation’, in Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference (Umeå, Jun).

Mazé, R. (2013) ‘Socio-Ecological Innovation: Cases of sustainable urban development and design’, in Proceedings of the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption & Production Conference (Istanbul, Turkey, Jun). 

Wangel, J. Mazé, R., de Jong, A., and Höjer, M. (2012) ‘Backcasting and Design for Sustainable Social Practices’, in Proceedings of the Nordic Conference on Consumer Research (Gothenburg, Sweden, May-Jun). 

Mazé, R., Gregory, J., and Redström, J. (2011) ‘Social Sustainability: A design research approach to sustainable development’, in Proceedings of the IASDR Conference on Design Research (Delft, The Netherlands, Oct-Nov). 

Koskinen, I., Härkäsalmi, T., Lee, J-J., Mazé, R., and Matthews, B. (eds) (2011) Proceedings 
of the Nordic Design Research Conference (Helsinki, May).