Pirjo Haikola

Dr Pirjo Haikola

Lecturer in Design Innovation and Technology

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Contact details

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Emailpirjo.haikola@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Melbourne City


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Profile photo of Pirjo Haikola standing on a beach wearing a diving suit. She has diving goggles around the neck, with one hand on her hip and flippers in the other slung over her shoulder

Contact details

DSC | School of Design


Emailpirjo.haikola@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Melbourne City


Programs

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Dr. Pirjo Haikola’s research focuses on regenerative design, conservation technologies and advanced manufacturing. As an ‘underwater designer’ she is passionate about contributing to environmental design, nonhuman-centred design and ocean literacy through public engagement and teaching.

Overview

Dr. Pirjo Haikola is a designer, researcher, educator and certified scuba diving instructor. Her research explores how design can contribute to environmental regeneration and conservation through nonhuman-centered approach and development of conservation technologies. Dr. Haikola specialises in biomaterials and natural materials for advanced and additive manufacturing. As an ‘underwater designer’ Dr. Haikola is passionate about contributing to ocean literacy through public engagement and teaching.

Dr. Haikola is a collaborator in the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP), Coral Aquaculture and Deployment sub-program. RRAP develops interventions to help the Great Barrier Reef resist, adapt to, and recover from the impacts of climate change. Within the Coral Aquaculture and Deployment sub-program, Dr. Haikola is developing materials and devices for scalable coral restoration efforts.

Dr. Haikola’s installations, ‘Urchin Corals’ in the NGV Triennial 2020, and ‘Urchin Corals and Process’ in Sampling the Future at NGV Australia Ian Potter Centre in 2021 offered a snapshot to her research and practice. The 3D printed corals were produced with materials combining biopolymers, sea urchin shells and natural materials. The installations also included underwater films, bringing to the surface problems from two different locations in Australia. Sampling the Future istallation additionally opened up the process of underwater photogrammetry, material development and additive manufacturing to the public. ‘Urchin Corals’ was purchased by and is now part of the NGV collection. In 2019 Dr. Haikola, Prof. Julia Lohmann, Dr. Gillian Russell and Gero Grundmann curated the ‘Critical Tide’ exhibition for Helsinki Design Museum. ‘Critical Tide’ exhibition later travelled to the European Commission, Committee of the Regions in Brussels. The exhibition explored the agency of design and art in marine conservation.

Dr. Haikola’s work has been part of several exhibitions internationally and has been featured from national to international press, including Australian Financial Review, Wallpaper and the New York Times.

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Industry experience

2016-2019 - Design Research Consultant for Suunto dive (FI) 

2018 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Aalto University (FI) 

2007-2018 - Sessional Lecturer (annual courses), School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki (FI) 

2014 – 2016 - Assistant Professor, IADE, Creative University, Lisbon (PT) 

2007-2010 - Lecturer and researcher, The Why Factory, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology (NL) 

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Research

Dr. Pirjo Haikola's research explores how design can contribute to environmental regeneration and conservation through nonhuman-centred approach and development of conservation technologies. Dr. Haikola specialises in biomaterials and natural materials for advanced and additive manufacturing.

Research keywords

Marine conservation technologies, More-than-human-centred design, Nonhuman-centred design, Environmental design, Advanced manufacturing, Additive manufacturing

Research output summary

5

Publications

1

Awards

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Supervisor interest areas

  • More-than-human-centred design
  • Nonhuman-centred design
  • Ocean literacy

Supervisor projects

  • Floating Roosts for Migratory Birds with Birdlife Australia, Lashna Tuschewski
    Supervisors: Dr. Judith Glover, Dr. Liam Fennessy, Dr. Pirjo Haikola

Feature publications

Urchin Corals and Process 

Sampling the Future, the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne (AU)

Oct 2021 - Feb 2022

Urchin Corals

2020 Triennial, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (AU)

Dec 2020 - Apr 2021

Critical Tide | European Parliament

Jacques Delors building, the European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels (BE)

Curators, Julia Lohmann, Pirjo Haikola, Gillian Russell and Gero Grundmann.

Nov - Dec 2019

Key publications

  • Critical Tide
    Sep – Nov 2019
    Design Museum Helsinki (FI)
    Curators, Julia Lohmann, Pirjo Haikola, Gillian Russell and Gero Grundmann
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Feature projects

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program, Coral Aquaculture and Deployment sub Program

Collaborator

2020

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Public and media engagements

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.