Three new professor appointments at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture
New professors have been appointed at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Jack Whalen, PhD. has been appointed to a fixed-term position as Adjunct Professor in the field of Design and Ethnographic Research at the Department of Design.
Whalen is also a program director for Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, an international NGO, in their Science, Research and Data Division. Previously, he was a Principal Scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre and Associate Professor of Sociology and Department Head at the University of Oregon.
Whalen has been a pioneer in ethnographic studies of workplaces, and has designed and implemented groundbreaking information systems and work processes. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Interior designer SIO Jouko Järvisalo has been appointed to a fixed-term position as Professor in Practice in the field of Design, especially Furniture Design.
Järvisalo graduated as interior designer from the University of Art and Design in 1977. After graduating he has been working as a furniture designer and has designed furniture for several Finnish manufacturers, such as Artek and Asko. Since 2000 he has been the head designer and artistic director at Mobel. Alongside his own work in design, Järvisalo teaches furniture design at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Järvisalo has participated in numerous joint exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. His works are in the permanent collections of different museums in Helsinki, Chicago, Amsterdam and Reykjavik. He has received several international and Finnish prizes, including the Pro Finnish Design Prize in 1999.
Oscar Person, PhD. has been appointed to a fixed-term position as Assistant Professor in the field of Design Integration.
Person received his Doctoral Degree in Product Innovation Management from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 2011. He has two Master’s Degrees: one in Strategic Product Design from Delft University in Technology and the other in Industrial Design Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Person works as a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and as Assistant Professor in the Delft University of Technology. He has published many articles and publications. He has been as guest lecturer and researcher in several universities.