Anab Jain - Professor & Course Leader

Univ.Prof. Anab Jain leads the Design Investigations Studio (ID2) at the Angewandte. An award-winning designer, filmmaker, futurist and educator, Anab brings vision and ambition to the Studio, preparing the students to become accomplished designers and informed citizens of the world. Anab is also the co-founder of the vanguard design studio Superflux, whose work has gained international recognition and critical acclaim across commercial, cultural, public and academic sectors. She has received awards from ICSID, UNESCO, Geneva Human Rights Festival, Apple Computers Inc., and the UK Government’s Innovation Department. Select talks: TED, IXDA, Webstock, FuturEverything.


Stefan Zinell - Senior Tutor

Stefan Zinell studied industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. After graduating he started his own consultancy working for clients in the fields of interior, furniture and product design and joined the Angewandte in a teaching capacity. Stefan has seen our department transform from a traditional material and crafts oriented Masterclass to a product based industrial design school into what Design Investigations stands for today. With Anab Jain and colleagues he supports students in their main projects, and also teaches “Morphology of Design”, “Integrated Expert Labs” and “Project Communications”. Besides teaching Stefan is involved in several academic commissions as well as strategic development and organisational tasks.


Nikolas Heep - Senior Tutor

Nikolas Heep studied architecture at the TU Berlin and AA London. In 2005 he founded the design studio KIM+HEEP with partner Mia Kim. Projects span from commercial product and interior design to conceptual installations, research and teaching. After joining the Angewandte under Ross Lovegrove, he has subsequently taught alongside Hartmut Esslinger, Fiona Raby and Anab Jain. Each era has added a new perspective on what it is we call design, making Design Investigations an exciting and multi-faceted place to work and study. As part of the team Nikolas supports students in their main design projects, and also teaches courses like “Integrated Expert Labs” and “Project Communications”.


Matthias Pfeffer - Senior Tutor for Construction and Engineering

Matthias Pfeffer (1961), lives and works in Tullnerbach near Vienna. He studied mechanical engineering and product design, and began his teaching career with the foundation of an atelier for industrial design with the successful completion of  venia docendi (Habilitation) in industrial design. Matthias’ area of expertise range from interior and exhibition design, to furniture, packaging and sport-vehicles. Over the years he has developed interest and expertise in a range of design engineering methods and tools, and is responsible for teaching these skills to our students.


Peter Knobloch - Senior Lecturer

Born in Vienna, trained as an electronics engineer and worked at the federal office for civil aviation as a service engineer for telecommunication and navigation equipment for 4 years before studying Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts. Has been teaching at the University since 1997. Self taught software, user interface, physical computing, digital fabrication and sustainability engineer. Peter helps our students whenever there is need around those topics.


Elisabeth Windisch - Studio Administrator

Elisabeth Windisch studied Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, works as artist in Vienna and is in the curatorial team of the artist-run space BRUCH&DALLAS in Cologne. She is the administrator of Design Investigations. She organises the teaching team’s schedules, activities and reports. She also coordinates student activities, checks appointments, deadlines, and coordinates the procedures of the studio’s outreach projects.If you are looking to apply to the course, interested in being a guest teacher, or would like to know more about our projects, please don’t hesitate to contact Elisabeth. You can reach her from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00.



Stefan Kaegi ( Rimini Protokoll, Berlin )
Sara Hendren ( Olin College, Boston )
Alex Taylor ( City University, London )
James Auger ( Auger – Loizeau, London/Madeira )
Heather Corcoran ( New York )
Lucy Sanderson ( London )
Sam Conran ( London )
Justin Pickard ( London )
Bernhard Ranner ( derPrototyp, Vienna )
Tamás Nyilánszky ( Heavy Detail, Vienna )
Ebru Kurbak ( Vienna, Linz )
Jonas Loh ( Studio Nand, Berlin )
Steffen Fiedler ( Studio Nand, Berlin )
Tomek Ness ( Berlin )
Joachim Kornauth
Katharina Mischer ( Mischer Traxler, Vienna )
Thomas Traxler ( Mischer Traxler, Vienna )
Will Carey ( IDEO, San Francisco )
Sonja Baumel ( Vienna, The Netherlands )
Johannes Mücke ( Vienna )
David Benque ( StudioLab RCA, London )
Bjorn Franke ( Angewandte, Vienna )
Bruce Sterling ( Torino, Belgrade )
Markus Schmidt ( BioFaction, Vienna )
Daisy Ginsberg ( Synthetic Aesthetic, London )
Gunnar Green ( The Green Eyl, Berlin/RCA )





Our Studio guides, supports and encourages students to develop an open-ended, critical, politically and socially relevant creative position, and provides them with practical and conceptual tools necessary to effectively engage with the challenges of the 21st century. To spark their imaginations, nurture their ambitions and becoming a guiding vision in the work they want to do. To appreciate and foster individual as well as collaborative ambitions and varied interests. To show how it is possible to traverse complexity and develop work that is pioneering, transformative and stimulating, but also inclusive, and full of humility.



The trajectory of teaching in the Studio is accomplished through critical and investigative research, anthropological approaches, practical and conceptual skills, interdisciplinary methods of operation and numerous experimental approaches.

Studio briefs and projects over the duration of the entire course will ensure that the students to acquire an excellent set of fundamental and practical design skills, that will be refined continually. This is by no means an exhaustive or curated list and will be developed fully in the transition semester.

  • Rapid prototyping – lo-fi and analogue all the way to high quality, refined, provocative prototyping making and building.
  • Refinement & detail – making and imagining at a high level.
  • Understanding technical plausibility and know-how of using specific tools –  from physical computing, open source hardware and software, all the way to laser cutting, model making and 3D printing.
  • High quality material and aesthetic understanding and decision making.
  • Interaction and experience design fundamentals.
  • Anthropological studies – working with individuals, communities, institutes.
  • Communication through sketching, writing, editing, filmmaking and presenting.

Alongside the practical skills, students will learn to develop conceptual rigour and an accompanying set of intangible tools and tactics that will help them explore the implications of a complex world and create their own visions within it.

  • Futurescaping: A means of exploring different worlds and perspectives, then communicating them through stories, scenarios and prototyping that help people imagine the unimaginable.
  • Legible mappings of technologies, systems and infrastructures.
  • Understanding cultural and ecological contexts
  • Learning tactical design and new forms of tacit activism.
  • Politics of design
  • Developing multidisciplinary collaborations and partnerships
  • Learning decision making, critical evaluation, self knowledge and awareness – originality.


Interspersed with the regular teaching programs, we regularly invite accomplished designers, artists, technologists, scientists, and businesses to participate in a program of lectures and workshops which enable the students to stay abreast with the major shifts in the world. This will also put them in direct contact with industry partners and can potentially lead to unique employment and collaboration opportunities.