Hella Hernberg is a Helsinki-based architect and designer. She is an expert of smart use of existing resources and participatory approaches in the development of built environment. Her work ranges from small-scale projects and interventions to urban projects, strategic design, teaching and research.

Since 2009 Hella runs Urban Dream Management, a strategic design practice and “urban agency” striving towards creative and sustainable cities.

Since fall 2016 Hella is doctoral candidate at Aalto University ARTS Design Department. Her doctoral research explores the potential of participatory design in the reuse of vacant spaces. The thesis builds on her long practice in this field, the foundations of which were laid out in her  master’s thesis from 2008 (Aalto University, Department of Architecture), which discussed the temporary use of urban leftover spaces in Berlin.

Hella is also founding member and teacher of the Design for Government course at Aalto University since 2013. In 2012-13 she worked as a strategic designer at the Ministry of the Environment through Sitra’s Design Exchange Programme. She’s also editor and publisher of Helsinki Beyond Dreams (2012), a book about local initiatives and urban culture in Helsinki.

Earlier Hella has worked with reuse of leftover materials also within product design, creating lamps and clothes out of up cycled fabrics. Her Bol lamps have been featured in many international exhibitions and in the Finnish pavillion Kirnu of the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

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