I work currently as Research Fellow at the Transdisciplinary Arts Studies unit (TAS, prev. YoYo) at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (AaltoARTS). I'm also a Docent in Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki.
My professional interests include urban/environmental/everyday aesthetics, philosophy of technology, and contemporary forms of environmental and urban art. I am the President of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics, a Codirector in the board of the international Philosophy of the City Research Group (PotC), and a Delegate in the Executive Committee of the International Association of Aesthetics (IAA). I have also experience of working in projects outside the Academia, in consultancy roles in prestigious urban/property development projects in downtown Helsinki.
I have a PhD (2015) in Aesthetics from University of Helsinki and I was a recipient of the Young Scholar Award by International Association for Aesthetics (IAA) in 2013. Before launching my academic career, I worked as a curator at the Amos Anderson Art Museum (Amos Rex since 2018).
I'm currently supervising 6 brilliant doctoral students (2 at Aalto University and 4 at the University of Helsinki). In the Spring 2021, I am supervising also Master's theses in Architecture (Aalto) and Urban Studies and Planning (UH). I teach up to 8 courses annually, with themes ranging from intro to Aesthetics to Environmental and Urban Aesthetics) for all study levels (Bachelor/Master/Doctoral). I teach small seminars and mass lectures and everything in between. As part of my academic training, I have studied extensively University Pedagogy (30cr) as well as Research Leadership and Management (25cr).
"The exquisite aesthetic highlights of life are at best truly powerful and life-enriching, but they function strongly from the basis of and in relation to those more mundane experiences that reflect and mould one’s sensitivities on a daily basis." — Sanna