My focus on design research allows me to facilitate greater social impact through a deeper understanding on human needs and behaviours, engaging with active empathy with both users and design teams. I believe this focus enables richer knowledge towards the design of solutions that provide value across the continuum of the design process.
My background is in industrial design. I obtained my BA from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. Following, I completed my advanced studies at the MSc. program ‘Design for Interaction’ of Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), the Netherlands with Cum Laude degree. My graduation project focused on reflective informatics technology, Tangible User Interfaces and sensing technology for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) children.
I received my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TUDelft. The research addressed the experiences of patients undergoing a recovery process of Total Hip Replacement patients (THR) and physical activity awareness and reflection for knowledge workers. After graduating, I worked as post-doctoral researcher with the 2ndSKIN project, exploring and implementing reflective mechanisms in the design of technology that supports energy consumption behaviour at home.
Healthcare and wellbeing
Universidad de Los Andes
(2003 – 2006)
Full-time Instructor. Department of Design, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Colombia.