Teaching Staff

Courses of the MA Design are lectured by professional designers and design researchers. Below, we present our current lecturers:

Spring Semester 2019

Field Trip to Berlin

Peter Kessel is a Berlin based Communication Designer and Consultant for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship at Kreativwirtschaftsberatung Berlin. He studied Design Entrepreneurship at the MA Design of the Bern University of the Arts HKB. Besides of his BA studies at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences HTW, he worked as an independent designer, founding and heading a student’s design studio as well as working for Schöneweide Kreativ – a creative economy networking project funded by the European Union.


Organising the Guest Lecture Festival

Robert Lzicar is a designer, professor, and researcher. He is based at the Bern University of the Arts HKB, where he teaches design history, directs the MA Design, and coordinates the Research Field Design History. He is co-coordinator of the research project “Swiss Graphic Design & Typography Revisited” (SNSF Sinergia, from October 2016). As a designer, Robert Lzicar is a partner in the design studio STVG in Zurich. 


Miriam Koban is senior assistant at the MA Design at the Bern University of Arts HKB and  junior assistant in Art History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Fribourg.  Miriam holds a BA in Visual Communication at the Zurich University of the Arts and Art History and Contemporary History at the University of Fribourg. Her current research focuses on transnational aspects of graphic design in Switzerland.


Design and Power

Theresia Leuenberger is an architect (Dipl.-Ing.) and holds a PhD in Sociology from the Technische Universität Berlin where she is currently working as a researcher. Her teaching and research cover practices of planning and designing with a focus on their social aspects and innovative content.


Design Ethics

Annina Schneller is a philosopher, design researcher and a lecturer at the Bern University of the Arts and at the University of Salzburg. She runs publication projects for vatter&vatter and curates design exhibitions at erlesen – Raum für gedruckte Feinkost at PROGR in Bern.


Designing Advertising

Lucas Conte is Head Of Strategy at Publicis Communications Schweiz AG. His background is in creative direction and design, but he has been working in planning for many years now with a wealth of diverse experiences. Lucas is based and work mainly out of Vienna. Creative agencies he has worked with are DDB (Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Milan), Jung von Matt and Saatchi & Saatchi (Berlin, Geneva).


Ignazio Morello is Client Creative Director at Saatchi&Saatchi. Integrated and human centered approach to Product and Corporate Advertising. From insight generation to concept to deliverable of brands communication thru all media. Strong analytical and problem solving skills in TTL&DIGITAL activities.


Fundraising and Writing Applications in Entrepreneurship

Matthias Vatter communicates, initiates and creates. He trained as a teacher, studied history, and has experience of running projects and setting up companies (on his own and with others; see www.lernetz.ch, www.projektforum.ch, www.vatterundvatter.ch, www.vatter-vermittelt.ch). He generates ideas, and has specialised in content mediation. Since January 2018, he has also been working part-time as Coordinator Arts in Context at the Bern University of the Arts.


Fundraising and Writing Applications in Research

Ulrike Felsing has been has been a lecturer for the MA Design course at the Bern University of the Arts since 2010. She studied visual communication at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts (HGB). In collaboration with Ruedi Baur, she is currently running the research project “The coexistence of Chinese and Latin characters and visual cultures”, which was funded by the SNSF from 2010 to 2015. Her research into “Dynamic identities in a cultural and public context” was published in 2010. She is currently studying for her PhD on media-reflective practice in contemporary design (“The catalogue as exhibition, film and hypertext”).


Show Your Work

The curator and designer Matylda Krzykowski is associated with transdisciplinary formats and methods. Her exhibitions and projects are presented internationally. She has given lectures worldwide in which she examines contemporary topics.


Present your Projects

Ferdinand Vogler’s passion for making the world better understandable matured by studying Communication Design in Berlin and doing his MA in Design Entrepreneurship. He works as Product Designer for the startup ahead in Bern.

Josh Levent spends his days designing solutions for clients, giving talks on digitalisation, and coaching speakers on their upcoming talks. He is the CEO of his own company, Josh Levent LLC, based in Bern. He completed his Master in Business Design at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.

Autumn Semester 2018

Design with Social Impact

Minou Afzali is a lecturer at Bern University of the Arts and teaches design with social impact in our master programme. After studying at Basel School of Design and at Offenbach University of Art and Design she worked for ten years as a professional designer in the area of product, furniture, exhibition and communication design. Since 2008 Minou Afzali is a design researcher at Bern University of the Arts in the research area communication design. Her research focusses on design in social contexts, such as healthcare and migration. Since 2011 she is also a PhD canditate at Graduate School of the Arts (GSA), Bern. Her research topic is “Communication Design in Culturally Sensitive Nursing Homes”. More about Minou


Design Entrepreneurship

Thierry Blancpain, as co-founder of the type foundry Grilli Type, he leads the executive side, web-design and development, as well as communications. Previously a freelance interaction and brand identity designer for clients like NZZ, Weltformat poster festival, Zurich University of the Arts, and Edition Patrick Frey. Co-organizer of the TEDxZurich conference 2010–2012. After a commercial apprenticeship with Swiss Films he received his BA Visual Communication at the Bern University of the Arts in 2010. More about Thierry


Florian Jakober is one half of Afrika, a Swiss design studio he founded in 2011 with Michael Zehnder. After earning his Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication in Zurich and Rotterdam in 2009, he gained work experience with leading international design studios, such as Graphic Thought Facility in London and HI in Lucerne. Whilst mainly working in the field of Graphic Design and Type Design, Afrika constantly expands it’s boundaries to new fields like Art Direction, Textile Design and Programming. Collaborating today as design partners in projects with both Swiss and international clients, they have so far worked with Museum für Gestaltung, Holzer Kobler Architects, Rico and Michael, Studio Omar Sosa, Musée Visionnaire, Edition Patrick Frey, Swisscom, Unesco, and many more.


Design Research

Arne Scheuermann is Head of the Main Research Unit Communication Design and Professor of Design Theory at the Bern University of the Arts, since 2005. Graduation as Communication Designer, several years of international professional experience in creative direction and design consultance; 2000-2005 lecturer at the University of Wuppertal; PhD in Communication Design (on design as rhetoric and on affects in film); author of several short films; Co-founder and -head of the Health Care Communication Design working group; since 2014 President of the Swiss Design Network; main focus of research activities: Social Communication, Visual Rhetoric. More about Arne


Selected publications:

  • Zur Theorie des Filmemachens. edition text + kritik: Munich 2009.

  • Design als Rhetorik. (Co-editor with Gesche Joost) Birkhäuser: Basel 2008.


Design Processes and Story Frameworks

After finishing a Digital Experience Design Master’s programme at Hyper Island in Manchester, UK in 2016, Dan Nessler has joined Swiss agency, Hinderling Volkart, as UX Director. He teaches as a part-time lecturer and for almost ten years, has held positions in the digital field at agencies such as Jung von Matt/Limmat, Publicis and Scholz & Friends. Additionally, he has been publishing on medium.com and he contributes to publications such as uxdesign.cc, uxplanet.org or uxchat.me. More about Dan


Problem-Oriented Design

Ulrike Felsing has been a lecturer at the Bern University of the Arts since 2010. She studied visual communication at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. In 2004-2011 she worked as a research associate at the Design2context Institute of Research, Zurich Academy of the Arts. In collaboration with Ruedi Baur she is conducting a research project entitled “The Exploration of Design Methods in the Field of Transcultural Visual Communication”, which is being funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2010-2015. Her research into “Dynamic Identities in Cultural and Public Context” was published in 2010. She is doing her PhD on reflective practice in contemporary editorial design, supervised by Beatrice von Bismarck. More about Ulrike

Previous lecturers

Andrea Augsten

Dominic Fiechter

Michael Flückiger

Angela Haas

Meike Hardt

Dr. Tanja Herdt

Beatrice Kaufmann

Matthias Rohrbach

Hugo Ryser

Daniel Schoeneck

Christoph Stähli Weisbrod

Konstantin Mitrokhov

Michaela Büsse

Susanne Stauch

Florian Sametinger

Meret Ernst

Vera Sacchetti