Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis is an expert for Design Studies as well as Cultural History and Theory. Since 2013 she has been a professor at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, where she heads the Institute for Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM). After initial training in Graphic Design, she studied History and Theory of Design, Art and Culture in Zurich, Berlin and Linz.
Her research interests comprise design history and methodology in the 20th century, knowledge cultures in design, cultural history of creativity, experimental design and media practices, and design criticism.
Research and teaching stays have taken her to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge/MA, the Vilnius Academy of Arts, and the University of Basel. She is also a National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and an associate member of eikones – Center for the Theory and History of the Image at the University of Basel.