Camilo Ayala Garcia

Ph.D. Candidate - Politecnico di Milano, Italy /

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

Camilo is currently working towards 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 at CD&I Associates 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 HS 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 a couple of 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



  1. Ayala, C., Rognoli, V. (in preparation, available upon request). The New Materials Aesthetics, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Materials as triggers of new sensorial experiences. To appear in Proceedings of the International Conference Design for the Next - EAD12, June 12-14, Rome, Italy.

  2. Ayala, C., Rognoli, V., Karana, E.(in preparation, available upon request). Five Kingdoms of DIY Materials for Design. To appear in Proceedings of International Conference on Experiential Knowledge - EKSIG2017, June 19-20, Delft, the Netherlands.                                                                                                                                                        
  3. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V., Ayala, 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
  4. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V., Ayala, 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

  5. Rognoli, V., Ayala, 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

  6. 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

  7. 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) 

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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