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Karmen Franinović

Karmen Franinović is head of Interaction Design research and education. Her research focus is on understanding and creating experiences that engage bodily and spatial knowledge in interaction. She leads research projects on sonic interaction, movement rehabilitation and responsive architectures. Karmen's practical and theoretical work challenges established interaction paradigms to foster more critical and playful uses of technology in everyday life. She is the founder of Enactive Environments group and Zero-Th Studio.

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Max Rheiner

Max Rheiner is head of the Master of Arts in Interaction Design programme. Max lecturers on topics such as Embodied Interaction and Physical Computing. Though this position he developed the Physical Computing Laboratory at the ZHdK. In addition to his academic work, Max is an independent artist. The focus of his artistic practice is in interactive installations and experiments delving into digital perception. These projects are developed both independently and in collaboration with other designers / artists. Max's artworks are presented regularly in internationally diverse museums and festivals.

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Moritz Kemper

Moritz Kemper is associated lecturer, head of the physical computing lab and senior researcher at IAD. He has a background in Industrial Design (BA, University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg) and a Master in Interaction Design (University of the Arts Zurich). In this position he is teaching students in the fields of physical computing and the basics of creative programming as well as doing research in the areas of embodied interaction design and play/learn related interactive environments. Besides his position at the University of the Arts he is working as Senior Designer at Phoenix Design Stuttgart.

Jürgen Späth

Jürgen Späth studied visual design at the University of Design Schwaebisch Gmuend. After studying in Japan and USA, he graduated with a thesis on the topic of "Cryptesthesia in Networked Systems". In 1999 he founded the Design Studio Projekttriangle together with Prof. Danijela Djokic and Martin Grothmaak. Projekttriangle develops new forms of cultural expression and communication in both analogue and digital media. For his work, Jürgen has received several national and international awards and has numerous publications in magazines and books. Jürgen has been invited as guest lecture at numerous international universities and conferences. Since 2002 he has been a lecturer in the field of Interaction Design at the ZHdK.

Stefano Vannotti

Stefano Vannotti specialises in the areas of design methodology, interface design and web development. He teaches in the Bachelor Interaction Design theory, methodology, and interface design as well as Master level research-oriented project development. He is involved in various areas of the ZHdK and is a regular point of contact for institutional development projects. Besides his work at the ZHdK, Stefano teaches at universities in Germany and abroad and advises numerous companies in the development of digital products and services.

Björn Franke

Bjorn Franke is a design practitioner and theorist. He is Lecturer in Design at the Zurich University of the Arts and Senior Lecturer in Design History and Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, having previously studied design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal College of Art. Franke has been awarded fellowships at the Akademie Schloss Solitude as well as the Artist Residency Schloss Balmoral. His work has featured in exhibitions internationally, most recently at the MUDAC Lausanne in Switzerland, the Triennale di Milano Design Museum in Italy and the Design Museum Holon in Israel. His academic research has been widely published in books and journals and he has participated in and convened lectures, conferences and workshops internationally. Franke’s research interests lie in the relationship between design, technology and philosophy; in particular how the shifting technological landscape alters human behaviour, relationships and self-conceptions.

Nicole Foelsterl

Nicole Foelsterl is a filmmaker and video artist. She teaches and researches in the field of Design Ethnography and Expanded Narration in the Department of Design at ZHdK and at FH Upper Austria. In IAD Nicole is responsible for teaching video in design processes. More info at:

Daniel Hug

Since the late nineties, Daniel Hug is investigating sound and interaction design related questions through artistic installations, design works and applied as well as basic research. Since 2005, he is teaching sound studies and sound design for interactive media and games at the Interaction and Game Design departments of the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland. Since 2011, Hug is lecturer and researcher at the chair for music pedagogics at the University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland, and visiting lecturer for interaction and game sound at various Universities in Switzerland, Austria and Finland. Hug pursues a PhD on sound design for interactive commodities at the University of the Arts and Industrial Design Linz, is founder of the sound design and consulting company “Hear Me Interact!”and member of the steering committee of the conference “Audio Mostly - Conference on Interaction with Sound”. Daniel is responsible for all sound related aspects in IAD with the emphasis on Sound Design, Auditory Display and Sonic Interaction.

Clemens Winkler

Clemens´ work is focusing on material practices in a representative manner looking on scientific processes and methods. He brings together experiences concerning new technologies, in particular on traditional, new and speculative material technologies. He is a research and teaching assistant at the University of the Arts, Zurich, where he works at Enactive Environments and runs courses on digital fabrication and computational materials in the Interaction Design Department.
He holds a Master in Industrial Design (Halle/ Berlin, Germany) and Design Interactions (London, UK).

Luke Franzke

Luke Franzke is a research associate at ZHdK. Luke completed a BA in Multimedia at Victoria University, Melbourne in 2006 and has several years experience as a UI designer and developer. Through the MA in Interaction Design program at ZHdK he joined the Enactive Environments research group, where he developed new forms of interfaces from transient materials. Luke teaches both product design and programming basic courses, as well as doing research in the area of emerging material technology in Interaction Design.

Verena Ziegler

Verena Ziegler is a trained Architect and Textile Designer. Her research explores emotional and cultural connections to novel and advanced materials and technologies, introducing crafting techniques and cultural memory as design agent. At ZHdK she is Bachelor Coordinator, assists in Research and co-teaching Theory seminars, Digital Fabrication and Object Experience courses.

Joël Gähwiler

Joël Gähwiler is teaching assistant at IAD, where he teaches web development and physical computing related courses. He holds a Master of Arts in Design from the Zurich University of Arts and created the prototyping platform as part of this master's thesis. His research focus is on the Internet and Things and formulating a design theory for networked artifacts from an Interaction Design perspective. Besides of his position at IAD, he is also a technical assistant at Connecting Spaces and leading the Tunnel project.

Dino Rossi

Dino Rossi holds degrees in Environmental Studies (BA, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA), Environment & Energy in Architecture (MA, Architectural Association, UK), and Computer Aided Architecture Design (MAS, ETH Zürich, CH). He has experience as a designer, fabricator, and researcher, and his work has been published in several conferences, journals and books. His research interests include the development and implementation of novel soft actuators in speculative design contexts.

Mirjam Steiner

Mirjam Steiner is a literary and art scholar. At IAD she works as a research associate and is responsible for exhibitions, events and PR. Amongst other responsibilities she worked for the Research Focus Transdisciplinarity and for Z+ (transdisciplinary platform) where she produced several Showrooms.

Alexandra Landolt

Administrative Assistant Interaction Design

After the commercial apprenticeship, Alexandra Landolt made her diploma as a Junior Marketing Manager. Most recently she worked as a Marketing Manager for an NGO in the health care sector. Since 2016 she has been working as an administrative assistant at the secretariat of Interaction Design.

Mona Neubauer

Mona Neubauer is a teaching assistant at the ZHdK's
Interaction design Master program. She holds both a Master degree in Neuroscience (ETH Zurich) and a Bachelor degree in Interaction Design (ZHdK). In addition to her academic work, Mona contributes most of her time to the design studio «Lucid» which she co-founded in June 2015 and focuses on digital and spatial experiences.