Riccardo Masiero

Riccardo Masiero joined the House of Innovation at Stockholm School of Economics as a PhD student in 2021. He is also part of The Garden – Center for Design and Leadership at SSE. He holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering and a MSc in Space Engineering, both from Politecnico di Milano. Riccardo is interested in meaningful and creative interactions between humans and non-humans, especially through design and artistic practices.

What is your background?
Master of Science in Space Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milan (Italy). Fields: systems engineering, industrial design engineering.

What are you teaching at SSES?
Teaching assistant in Design Thinking course. Improbable growth, art thinking workshop.

What is your previous work experience?
During my master thesis and after graduation I worked as a research assistant at Osservatori.Net Digital Innovation, focusing on the space economy. At the end of August 2021 I started the PhD at House of Innovation SSE.

Name one or several of your unexpected skills

  • party hosting
  • emotional awareness
  • pragmatic imagination

What is the best thing about being part of SSES?
I love being part of an evolving multi-perspective environment focused on teaching entrepreneurship theories and practices.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
The quest for perfect ideas and experiences of happiness and love is what drives my everyday.

Which living person do you most admire?
Anab Jain, she is the co-founder of Superflux an influential design studio inquiring uncertainty, experiential futures and more-than-human centred design.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Reframing and design, the focus of my research 🙂

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Galileo Galilei, with his book (Dialogue Concerning Two Chief World Systems) he revolutionised the way we see the universe, putting the Sun at the centre instead of the Earth. He claimed that humans are not at the centre of the world, going against the church dogma. I identify in his method of engaging in a conversation with a dialogue, going against established beliefs and theories to build nuanced and interesting perspectives.

What is your motto?
Designing for not being designed