Claudia Garduño García is a doctoral candidate in design at the Department of Design in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. In 2012, as part of her doctoral research, she initiated Aalto LAB Mexico, an intercultural, interdisciplinary, interinstitutional and inter-sectorial project developed in the community called Ejido 20 de Noviembre (located in Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico); an ongoing project which she continues to manage.
In her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Design as Freedom”, she argues that the moral grounding of design practice (where design is assessed based on whether or not it contributes to making the world better), cannot be detached from the wider philosophical discussion on ethics. Throughout the practical work developed in Aalto LAB Mexico and throughout the revision of relevant moral doctrines, she is able conceive co-design as a mutually empowering activity, where designers and potential end users walk a path together, learning from each other, and generating shared knowledge.
Claudia has been a visiting researcher in Tongji University in Shanghai, China (2011), and in the Postgraduate in Industrial Design of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2012).