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Gonzalo Raineri PhD
I’m a father, husband, designer, architect, professor, design researcher and theorist based in Valencia, Spain.
MY PURPOSE HAS SHIFTED FROM A CLIENT BASED DESIGNER TO AN ENVIROMENTAL FOCUSED ONE. FORMING THE NEW GENERATIONS OF DESIGNERS IS THE WAY I CAN MAKE THE LARGEST POSITIVE IMPACT IN OUR CHILDRENS COMMON FUTURE.
The above logos represent the different Design studios I’ve owned and they reflect more than 35 years dreaming Design. Consider myself as a proactive entrepreneur in new trend media, creating the first Film Animation Festival, first cyber café, first 100% visual magazine and first ECO friendly e.shop in Chile and designed social bioclimatic housing. Worked for companies and organisations in Amsterdam, Dublin, Madrid and Santiago. You name it, I have done it. But during all this years, something was missing.
Around seven years ago, my feelings towards Design was reaching a level of unrest and disconformity. I had been trying to be an ethical and sometimes environmental designer, but the system was not receptive, so I quit with receiving any further commissions, closed my studio and enroll my self in a PhD program. Call it mid life crisis or enlightenment, I’d rather use the term, evolved.
Up to that moment I had gained two degrees, five postgraduate diplomas and a masters degree searching for answers, finding a meaning to what I was doing. But entering the Phd program shifted my perspective form being a solution maker to a situational creator. Now, I believe that Designers, good designers are the ones that do the right questions. By doing the right questions, Design as a discipline has the ability to take distance from his time and finally respond to the troubled times we are living.
My actual goal is to work with educational institutions that have the ability and power to visualise and modify the future, making all people’s lifes better. Social and environmental responsibilities must be their fundamental ethos. I wish to work in places that encourages their communities to bring out the best in them, presenting the opportunities to do so.
Recently I have founded the Symbiotic Design Academy, follow this link to learn more.
DESIGN IS A SELF CREATING DISCIPLINE, THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO REGENERATE ITSELF AND HIS ECOSYSTEM. WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT DESIGN IS A POLITICAL ACT, AND EVERY DECISION WE MAKE WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR THE NEW GENERATIONS TO COME.
Design Research Society member.
Systemic Design Association member.
Asociación de Diseñadores de la Comunidad Valenciana member.
2016-2021 • PhD in Design , Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires Argentina | 2013 • Design Thinking Action Lab, Standford University through NovoEd. | 2013 • Post-graduate Diploma in University Curriculum Design for the Management of the Teaching and Learning Process, Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile | 2007 • Master in Environmental Studies and Bioclimatic Architecture, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Superior School of Architecture, Madrid, Spain. | 2006 • Post-graduate Diploma in Sustainable Architecture, UNIACC University, Santiago, Chile. | 2002-2006 • Architect, UNIACC University, Santiago, Chile. | 2001-2002 • Post-graduate Diploma in Administration and Business Management, ILADES, Alberto Hurtado Jesuit University, Santiago, Chile. | 1997 • Post-graduate Diploma in Design and Interactive Multimedia Production, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Design, Santiago, Chile. | 1994 • Intensive Course of Dutch, Amsterdam College, Amsterdam, Holland. | 1993 • Computer Graphic Design: Introduction to Graphic Area, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. | 1990 – 1991 • Paint System Video, Digital Animation, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, EE.UU. | 1984-1991 • Degree in Design, specialized in Visual Communication, Professional Institute of Santiago, Santiago, Chile. | 1988 • Intensive Film Course: 16mm, Chilean – North American Cultural Institute, Santiago, Chile. | 1983 • Failed Architecture student – Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. | 1970-1982 • The International School Nido de Aguilas, Santiago, Chile. | 1965-1970 • The youngest hippie ever, Santiago, Chile.