Mário Barros

PhD in Design, Licentiate degree in Industrial Design

  • Rendsburggade 14, 5444

    9000 Aalborg



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Personal profile

Research profile

My research addresses design problems through a systems-based and evolutionary approach, that is, taking interconnections and evolution over time as cornerstones of reasoning.
Product morphology is my main research interest. I have researched generative design methods for computer implementation. Currently, my focus lies in understanding the evolution of design languages in companies and in specific product typologies. 


I am part of the research group AAU Design Lab research group, led by Linda Nhu Laursen, and we are focusing on the role of design in the societal transition to a more sustainable lifestyle, design, and consumption of products. 

Teaching profile

Teaching Philosophy

The next generation of industrial designers must challenge present assumptions to foster social change toward sustainable futures. 

I believe this requires the following key skills: empathy, collaboration, communication and reflection. Accordingly, my main goals are to promote reflection-in-action in the design process and design courses that trigger critical reflection about specific aspects of industrial design.



  • MSc ID, 1st semester
  • MSc ID, 2nd semester
  • MSc Thesis


Development of project modules (20-30 ECTS)

  • Technology innovation driven by design (MSc ID, 2nd semester)
  • Internship (MSc ID, 3rd semester)


Development of course modules (5ECTS)

  • Technology and Form (MSc ID, 2nd semester)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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