I work currently as Research Fellow at the Transdisciplinary Arts Studies unit (TAS, prev. YoYo) at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (AaltoARTS). I'm also a Docent in Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki.

My professional interests include urban/environmental/everyday aesthetics, philosophy of technology, and contemporary forms of environmental and urban art. I am the President of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics, a Codirector in the board of the international Philosophy of the City Research Group (PotC), and a Delegate in the Executive Committee of the International Association of Aesthetics (IAA). I have also experience of working in projects outside the Academia, in consultancy roles in prestigious urban/property development projects in downtown Helsinki.

I have a PhD (2015) in Aesthetics from University of Helsinki and I was a recipient of the Young Scholar Award by International Association for Aesthetics (IAA) in 2013. Before launching my academic career, I worked as a curator at the Amos Anderson Art Museum (Amos Rex since 2018).

I'm currently supervising 6 brilliant doctoral students (2 at Aalto University and 4 at the University of Helsinki). In the Spring 2021, I am supervising also Master's theses in Architecture (Aalto) and Urban Studies and Planning (UH). I teach up to 8 courses annually, with themes ranging from intro to Aesthetics to Environmental and Urban Aesthetics) for all study levels (Bachelor/Master/Doctoral). I teach small seminars and mass lectures and everything in between. As part of my academic training, I have studied extensively University Pedagogy (30cr) as well as Research Leadership and Management (25cr).

Research portal profile at Aalto University

Research portal profile at University of Helsinki

"The exquisite aesthetic highlights of life are at best truly powerful and life-enriching, but they function strongly from the basis of and in relation to those more mundane experiences that reflect and mould one’s sensitivities on a daily basis." — Sanna