Harald GruendlHarald Gruendl

Harald Gruendl was born in 1967. He finished his habilitation in Theory and History of Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2009 and is the founder of the Institute of Design Research Vienna, which he built up in 2008. At the same time, he works as a designer for the Viennese studio EOOS, where he leads the Basic Research department and is one of the three managing partners. He teaches design theory as well as design practice at several national and international universities and stands for bridging disciplines. Harald published two books to date, “The Death of Fashion. The Passage Rite of Fashion in the Show Window” in 2007, and “The Cooked Kitchen. A Poetical Analysis” in 2008. Mail to Harald


Ulrike HaeleUlrike Haele

Ulrike Haele was born in 1972. She studied Communication Science and Political Science at the University of Vienna and has a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She has since been working in the spaces between these disciplines, as a communicator, teacher, writer and curator. She is a research associate at the IDRV since 2010. For the MAK Design Lab she conceived the interventions on the subject of “positive change”, and together with the MAK the dynamic mediation-concept. She supervised the project „How Should We Live?” a research project funded by the programme ”Sparkling Science. Science linking with school”. Since 2016 she is co-curating the StadtFabrik (CityFactory) research laboratory for new fields of work in the creative industries.  Mail to Ulrike


Martina Fineder

Martina Fineder holds a master in Product Design from the University of Applied Arts and a doctorate in Cultural Science from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Combining the qualitative research methodologies from these disciplines, her work focuses on socially and ecologically motivated design and consumer cultures. She works with national and international design universities and museums, including the MAK in Vienna and the Bauhaus-University in Weimar. Her most recent book is „Nomadic Furniture – New Liberated Living?“. In 2017 Martina joined the IRDV, heading the reseach project „Commons as a way of thinking and innovation in design“, funded by the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development. Mail to Martina


Viktoria Heinrich

Viktoria was born in 1992. She completed her BA in Industrial Design at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden and worked as an intern in Eindhoven and Nanjing before joining the IDRV in 2016. At the Institute she is part of the CityFactory research laboratory for new fields of creative work and was involed as curatorial assistant in the Vienna Biennale exhibition CityFactory: New Work. New Design in 2017. In 2018 she graduated from the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen with a Master of Arts in Art and Design Science focusing on social and participatory design. She currently co-curates the CityFactory together with Harald Gruendl. Mail to Viktoria


Marco KellhammerMarco Kellhammer

Marco was born in 1988. He did his BA in Industrial Design at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück and studied one term abroad at the PUC Rio de Janeiro before becoming part of the IDRV’s team in 2012. Here he was working on the Tools for the Design Revolution exhibition, publication and lecture series. In 2015 he proceeded his studies at the Technische Universität München (TUM) where he was graduated from in 2018 with a Master of Science in Industrial Design. He focuses on research and design for a socially and ecologically sustainable future according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mail to Marco

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Sebastian Lobo

was born in 1987. He studied business administration at the WU Vienna. He then took one year to study musicology whilst doing a short course in sound engineering. During this time, Sebastian got more and more into the topic of sustainability and eventually started working at SERI (Sustainable Europe Research Institute). Wanting to deepen his skills on the topic, he did a „Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability“ in Sweden. Since writing his thesis on transformative education, he has worked for the Pioneers of Change, as well as a freelancing learning facilitator, trying to make a change the current educational paradigm.



christina naegeleChristina Naegele

was born in 1976 in Feldkirch, and joined the IDRV’s team in January 2012. She studied cultural science and aesthetics at the University of Hildesheim and has since been working in the field of curatorial practice and education at the threshold of fine arts, architecture and design. Her focus lies on collaborative strategies as well as projects with thematic approaches and interdisciplinary discourses.



Bernhard RannerBernhard Ranner

Bernhard Ranner was born 1984. After being trained in Graphic Design and some years freelancing in the advertising world he studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Parallel to his studies he engaged in photography, documenting the underground electronic music scene in Austria under the pseudonym “Crowdstrudel”. Towards the end of his studies he set up a metal working / model building workshop together with a friend. Upon his graduation in 2011 he started to work at EOOS Design on the “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge” project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Martina MaraMartina Mara

Martina Mara was born in 1981. She studied Journalism and Communication science at the University of Vienna and worked as a print journalist before becoming part of the IDRV’s scholarly staff in 2008. She is a researcher in the fields of social media, technology, and sustainability. Currently, she is working for the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria, and teaching at the University of Art and Design Linz. In addition, she is commencing work on her doctoral dissertation in Media Psychology.


Hannah VargaHannah Varga

was born in 1985. She studied Material Culture and Design Theory (MA) at the University College London (UCL) and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna before she worked at the MAK – Austrian Museum for Applied Arts /Contemporary Art at the design collection. She was working on projects like “2051: Smart Life in the City” a project of the “Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change”. Currently, she is starting her PhD at the Munich Centre of Technology in Society (MCTS), Technische Universität München (TUM). Her research focus is participatory methods and social design.