Prof. Dr. Jan Willmann

Jan Willmann is Professor of the Theory and History of Design at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. After studying architecture and theory in Oxford, United Kingdom, he served from 2007-2011 as Scientific and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Architectural Theory at Innsbruck University in Austria, where he also earned his PhD under Prof. Ir. Bart Lootsma with distinction, and was Senior Assistant of the group of Gramazio Kohler Research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich from 2011 to 2016. Jan Willmann’s research and publications focus on the relationship between the theory and history of design, cultural history, and the history of media and information technology. He has lectured worldwide and is regularly invited as an expert and design critic member, and collaborated with numerous renowned international institutions, such as, for example, the FRAC Centre Orléans, Chicago Architecture Biennial und Palais de Tokyo in Paris. His essays and articles have been published in various journals, including AD/Architectural Design, GAM, Arquitectura Viva, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, The Architectural Review, T&A, IEEE, Elsevier Automation & Construction, IJAC und DETAIL. Most recent publication is Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design (Springer, 2018).

Michael Braun, B.A.

Michael Braun studied Product Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Dresden and graduated with Distinction. During this time, he has been student representative and study speaker of the Faculty of Design, and was also member of different professorial search committees. In 2014/15 and 2015/16 he received the prestigious “Deutschlandstipendium” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Michael Braun gained professional experience at various agencies and offices, such as Wolfram Design & Engineering in Dresden and Struppler Industriedesign & roomours in Munich. Since 2016, he is pursuing a master’s degree in “Sustainable Product Cultures” at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, and is directing the project „Digital Atlas“ at the Professorship of Theory and History of Design.

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Tobias Held, M.A.

Tobias Held studied integrated design at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Dessau) with focus on product design and finished with the bachelor’s degree in 2013. From 2013 to 2015 he was a student at the Master's degree in Information and Communication at the Fachhochschule Münster at the Department of Design. Within his own master thesis, which was awarded with a special recognition by a specialist jury, about digital telecommunication between long-distance lovers, first discussions with the interface between design and the perception of digital content. As a member of the PhD program of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, he is working since 2017 under the working title "Sensory-Aesthetic Design Thinking: An approach to the perception of theoretical relevance for the Sensory-Aesthetic Perception of Computer-Generated Virtual Environments." He is also a member of the research group "Moving Image Science Kiel", the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft, the German Society for Design Theory and Research, and the Editorial Board Member of the Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS).

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