Hella Hernberg is an architect and researcher based in Helsinki.
She is specialised in participatory and sustainable urban development, and on the (temporary) reuse of vacant space.
Currently, Hella works as a doctoral researcher at Aalto University, Department of Design, at the sustainable design research group NODUS. Her doctoral research explores the mediation of urban temporary use in the context of sustainable urban development. Her research is funded partly by the Kone Foundation and partly by Aalto University.
Before starting her doctoral research, Hella has run her own company Urban Dream Management. In 2012-13 she worked as a strategic designer at the Ministry of the Environment, through Sitra’s Design Exchange Programme, where she led the “Vacant Spaces” project. She has also edited and published Helsinki Beyond Dreams (2012), a book about local initiatives and urban activism in Helsinki.
At Aalto University, Hella has been teaching and lecturing part-time since 2008. Since 2014 she is a founding and core member of the Design for Government teaching team under the Creative Sustainability master programme. She has graduated as an architect in 2008 at Aalto University.
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