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Design researcher working in the intersection of textiles, electronics and biomaterials for creating interactive surfaces. Combining traditional knowledge with material experimentation, her experience ranges from applied research to artistic installations. She is currently part of the Fashion/Textiles Futures research group and the Bioinnovation Center at Aalto University, where she is pursuing her PhD in Sustainable Smart Textiles.
Sofía Guridi Sotomayor
26.06.1990 Santiago, Chile

2022-  PhD Student Bioinnovation Center, Aalto University Finland
2019- 2021  MA Contemporary Design, Aalto University Finland
2017-2018   Fabricademy: A new textile and technology academy. Waag Society. Amsterdam, Holand
2010 – 2014   Designer (professional degree equivalent to five years of univerisity education), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Graduated 5th among a generation of 137 students. Santiago, Chile
2014   Service design workshop by British Design Council. PUC, Chile
2012   Diploma in footwear pattern making and design. Duoc UC. Santiago, Chile
2009 – 2010   College of Arts and Humanities. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile
Rhinoceros, Arduino IDE, Jacquard weaving (TC2), Dobby loom weaving, ADF knitting, Hand-operated knitting, JavaScript, Soldering, PCB Making, CNC router, Laser cutting, 3D printing, Adobe Suite
2019   Project leader, Fondart: PIN Arpilleras Parlantes. Santiago, Chile
2018   Designer and Researcher, Fondart: Circular Textile Economy. Santiago, Chile
2018   Guest Mentor, Universidad Mayor. Santiago, Chile
2017   Project developer and consultant, Saber Hacer Foundation. Santiago, Chile
2017   “Violeta 100” Event Coordinator: Event related to the 100th anniversary of chilean artist Violeta Parra , Violeta Parra Museum. Santiago, Chile
2015 – 2018   Researcher and designer, Open Textiles. Santiago, Chile
2014 – 2017   Coordinator and project developer, Fab Lab Santiago. Santiago, Chile
2015 – 2017   Product Designer, Maquinar.io: Digital Fabrication Product Design. Santiago, Chile

Lecturer at Postgraduate Program: Costume Design for Stage Performance, Universidad de Chile
Research Assistant, FinCERES - BIOPTICS, Aalto University Finland
Teacher at digitalFutures Summer Festival
2019 - Current
Research Assistant Mobile Cloud Computing Group, Aalto University Finland
2018 – 2019
Lecturer, Structures and Materials course, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile
Adjunt Instructor, Technology applied to products course, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Universidad Diego Portales. Santiago, Chile
Guest teacher, Communicating Textiles workshop, Faculty of Production and Design, Institución Universitaria Pascual Bravo. Medellín Colombia
Assistant, Digital Textiles workshop by Anastasia Pistofidou. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile
2023 Descenlace de la Forma, at Palacio Pereira, Santiago, Chile
2022 Dialogues Aalto-Parsons, New York, USA
2022 Galleria Uusi Kipinä, Lahti, Finland
2021  ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction TEI21
2019  PIN Arpilleras, Museo Violeta Parra. Santiago, Chile
2018   FabTextiles Exhibition. Paris, France
2018   2º International Congress of Local Governments and Smarts Cities. Santiago, Chile
2017   Fab Festival. Santiago, Chile
2016   FabTextiles Exhibition. Shenzhen, China
2014   BRT Webinar: Transit to the Future, A different perspective on public transit market. Santiago, Chile
2022 Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize (HM)
2019 Full Grant Aalto University Master Studies Programme
2019 CONYCIT Grant for master studies (Beca Chile)
2019 Ministry of the Arts, Culture and Heritage grant Fondart
2018 Ministry of the Arts, Culture and Heritage grant Fondart
2021 SOFTISLAB, Helsinki - Finland
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