DR. Camilo Ayala Garcia

- Assistant Professor - Design Department Universidad de los Andes Bogotá, Colombia.

Camilo obtained his Ph.D. degree on the topic of Do-It-Yourself Materials as triggers of change at Politecnico di Milano. Prior to this Ph.D. research, Camilo received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Design from the Los Andes University in Bogotá in the year 2004. He also obtained his Bachelor Degree in Textile Design from the same university simultaneously. In the year 2007, received his Master of Arts in Design degree from Domus Academy (the University of Wales accredited school of design) in Milan awarded with Distinction.

Camilo began his professional career in Colombia back in 2001, where he earned experience in the product design field developing several projects for renowned local and international clients. After various years of work as a professional designer, he moved to Germany to attend at Hochschule Pforzheim the MSc. Produktentwicklung (Product development) as a guest student and learn the language. Subsequently, he transferred to Italy to complete his Master studies. After his graduation, he started to share time being tutor at Domus Academy and working as a product designer for Donegani & Lauda studio and Cammarata Gioelli both in Milan for some years. Camilo decided to return to his hometown to become full-time professor and researcher at his alma mater where is currently entitled Assistant Professor in the design department.
Together with his teaching activities, Camilo devotes his research to local materials and products development, with several patents granted as well as different academic contributions published.

Current Project

THE MATERIALS GENERATION - The Emerging Experience of DIY Materials


  1. Ayala-Garcia, C., Rognoli, V. (2019). The Materials Generation. in L. Rampino, I. Mariani (Eds.), Advancements in Design Research. 11 PhD Theses as we do in Polimi. (pp. 197-219). Milano: Franco Angeli. ISBN 9788891786197

  2. Rognoli, V., Ayala-Garcia, C. (2018). Materia emocional. Los materialesen nuestra relación emocional con los objetos. In: Revista Chilena de Diseño, rchd: creación y pensamiento, vol. 3 (4), pp.1-12. ISSN:0719-837X

  3. Ayala-Garcia, C., Rognoli, V. (2017) The New Aesthetic of DIY-Materials, The Design Journal, 20:sup1, S375-S389.

  4. Rognoli, V., Ayala-Garcia, C. (2017) Material Activism. New hybrid scenarios between design and technology. Cuadernos 70 Journal, Universidad de Palermo, N 70-2018 pp. 105-115 ISSN 1668-0227.

  5. Rognoli, V., Ayala-Garcia, C., Bengo, I. (2017) DIY-Materials as enabling agents of innovative social practices and future social business in: Proceedings of International Congress of Design FORMA 2017, Cuba. (On Press).

  6. Ayala-Garcia, C., Rognol, V., Karana, E. (2017). Five Kingdoms of DIY Materials for Design. In Alive. Active. Adaptive: Proceedings of International Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials (EKSIG 2017), June 19-20, Delft, the Netherlands, pp. 222-234.                                                                                                                                                       

  7. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V., Ayala-Garcia, C. (2016). Designing materials experiences through passing of time – Material driven design method applied to mycelium-based composites. In: Celebration & Contemplation. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2016 (pp. 239-255). ISBN/EAN: 978-94-6186-725-4

  8. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V., Ayala-Garcia, C. (2016). The emotional value of Do-It-Yourself materials In: Celebration & Contemplation. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2016 (pp. 633-641). ISBN/EAN: 978-94- 6186-725-4

  9. Rognoli, V., Ayala-Garcia, C., Parisi, S. (2015).“The material experiences as DIY-Materials: self production of wool filled starch based composite (NeWool)” In: Making Futures Journal Vol IV, Plymouth College of Art. ISSN 2042-1664

  10. Ayala, C. (2015)“The Basis of Processes - Experimenting with Food to Re-Shape the Industry Language” In: Cumulus Milan-The Virtuous Circle Proceedings (pp.84) ISBN: 978-88-386-7485-3

  11. Ayala, C. Patiño, L. (2014) “Estrategias para mejorar las prácticas de la enseñanza y el aprendizaje de los materiales y los procesos para el diseño de productos en colombia”. Revista MasD N°14, Vol. 8 (ISSN 2027-095X) 

  12. Ayala, C. (2014). “Experimenting With Materials – A Source For Designers To Give Meaning To New Applications” In: The colors of care: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014 (pp. 408-417). ISBN: 978-958-774-070-7

  13. Muñoz, L., Ayala, C. (2013)“Estudio De La Compatibilidad Geométrica De Sub-Sistemas Para El Diseño De Un Vehículo Híbrido Todoterreno” Scientia Et Technica v.18 (pp.321 - 326), ISSN: 0122-1701

  14. Ayala, C. Quijano, A, Ruge, C. (2011) “Los materiales como medio para estimular procesos de creación” Dearq v.8 (pp.44 - 53), ISSN: 2011-3188 


  1. Utility Patent: Hebilla Para Chaleco Antibalas. Deposited: 26/04/2011

    Patent Number: 11050690

    Sector: Mechanical Engineering

    Status: Granted

  2. Utility Patent: Placa De Protección Balistica Para Chalecos Antibalas

    Personales En Material Compuesto.

    Deposited: 26/04/2011

    Patent Number: 11050701

    Sector: Chemical Engineering

    Status: Granted

  3. Utility Patent: Chaleco Balístico Ajustable Portamuniciones.

    Deposited: 28/12/2012

    Patent Number: 12235979

    Sector: Mechanical Engineering

    Status: Granted

  4. Utility Patent: Sistema Modular Flexible Multi Talla Para Casco De

    Protección Balística.

    Deposited: 04/03/2013

    Patent Number: 13043301

    Sector: Mechanical Engineering

    Status: Granted