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prof. kurt mehnert


_professor for strategy & vision, industrial design // design department // president of the folkwang university of the arts


_owner // mehnert corporate design gmbh & co. kg





academic career 


supervision of students during the last 12 years who won highly recommended prizes, such as braun-prizes, lucky strike-awards and the recently won 1st prize »best design 2006« italy for the project »quo vadis braun«.


01.04 2013 // elected again as president folkwang university


01.04.2009 // president folkwang university


2008-2009 // vice-president folkwang university


2008 // dean of faculty 4 „design“ folkwang university


2006 // implementation of b.a./m.a.-programme in industrial design and m.a. in design theory


2004 // dean of the faculty of art and design at the university of duisburg-essen and planning-member of the zollverein school of management and design, essen


2003 // speaker of the department of industrial design


2002 // professorship at the university essen, product design


2001 // build up of the program maid (master of integrated design) in dessau, representative head


1999 // guest professor at the rochester institute of technology (rit) new york, department of design


1999 // invitation from the german embassy for the »sixth german technology symposium« in bangkok, thailand (gts´99) »study and research in germany«


1994-2002 // professorship at the anhalt university of applied sciences, department of design in dessau, course subject: product design


1991-1992 // academic assistent to prof. herbert lindinger at the institute of industrial design, university of hannover





business experience


since 2005 // new trade name mehnert corporate design gmbh & co. kg, berlin


1995 // foundation of mehnert corporate design, berlin


1992 // foundation of mehnert wahrheit & partner, stuttgart


1991-1993 // freelance work at lindinger & partner, hannover


1988-1990 // designer at moll design, schwäbisch gmünd »office of the year award«, design center nordrhein-westfalia


1987-1988 // freelancer for several design offices 1987 // studies at academy of arts berlin, department of design | degree: master in design


1978 // university entrance qualification






awards // selection starting in 2001





_1st prize at höpfner foundation award // hightech product design award





_if award // product design





_eco design award


_tribute at exhibition »nominee-selection« // german design council


_nominee »deutscher bundespreis // product design«


_id_berlin »industrial design competence« in kooperation mit create berlin, ausstellung auf der helsinki designweek, finnland


_ausstellung beim designfestival in poznan, polen // dmy internationales designfestival, berlin







_red dot award // product design


_if award // product design


_tribute at the exhibition as part of the nominee-selection chosen by the german design coucil


_trade fair exhibition »inno-design-tech-expo« hongkong







_tribute at the exhibition »unesco creative cities conference« in seoul // korea and at hannover trade fair in germany







_nominee »deutscher bundespreis // product design«


_red dot award // product design _ if award // product design





_»focus open silver« // international design award of baden württemberg  


_nominee »deutscher bundespreis // product design«


_nominee »deutscher bundespreis // product design« 





_»focus open« // international design award of baden württemberg


_tribute as number 6 of the top 100 of all german design studios


_if award // concept design


_if award // product design


_if award // product design


_nominee »deutscher bundespreis // produktdesign«





_red dot award // product design


_design+plus award


_if award // product design


_if award // product design


_red dot award // product design


_special award for product design in »nordrhein-westfalen«


_»focus open« // international design award of baden württemberg






current links to research projects and editions (publications)




_report »design & research« // 1. edition of innovation management support download the pdf


_various reports in newspapers, professional magazines and catalogues





membership, boards of trustees, jury work // selection


_programm advisor »urban art ruhr«


_advisor »echo« german music award (similar to grammy)


_advisor forum »d‘avignon« ruhr


_member of the board of trustees »ecce» (european center of creative economie)


_spokesman of the conference of presidents of nrw´s music and art colleges


_member of conference of presidents of german conservatories


_chairman of the board of »folkwang foundation«


_consultant for the strategy process »essen.2030«


_shareholder of the folkwang agentur gmbh


_member of the department council ifpom (institution for popular music)


_member of »univercity bochum« // an alliance of all universities of bochum


_member of vdid // verein deutscher industrie designer


_jury member »cms purus design award« berlin


_jury member n.i.c.e award





accrediation // selection


_chairmanship first accreditation »acquin»


_design department of udk, berlin


_chairmanship reaccreditation


_new design university (ndu) st. pölten, austria










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