Mr. Prof. Georg-Christof Bertsch

Company Bertsch.Brand Consultants
Phone 069-26493101
Mobile 0171-7001645
ZIP & city 60594 Frankfurt am Main
Address Gartenstraße 11



Bertsch studied History of Art at TU Berlin and went on to set up Germany’s first design management office in 1988 with Matthias Dietz. In 1990, in collaboration with Barbara Friedrich, he wrote the “Ambiente Euro Design Guide”, the first German lexicon on contemporary design. In 1997, together with Dr. Hans Höger, Christian Möller and Markus Weisbeck, he launched the first German design platform on the Internet. 1990-5 president of Design Horizonte Frankfurt. 1995 saw the foundation of Bertsch & Bertsch Corporate Design Corporate Communications GmbH (limited liability company) with his wife Annette. The foundation of Bertsch.Brand Consultants, which puts its focus on providing consultancy services for complex branding and design processes to service industries, followed in 2005. In 1996, he was co-curator of “Attitudes for the Next Millennium” together with colleague Dr. Hans Höger at the International Aspen Design Conference. Since 2004, he has been Vice President of the städelschule portikus (registered association) in Frankfurt. Since 2005, he has been a visiting professor of Design Management for the masters course in Design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Since 2006, Bertsch has been a visiting lecturer at Istanbul Technical University. On 27 May 2008, he became the first German to be voted on to the Board of Governors of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he started his ongoing series of seminars, workshops and symposia "reflecting waters". Since August 2007, Bertsch has been a visiting lecturer at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach am Main and, together with Petra Kellner, set up the International Project Platform Offenbach, an interdisciplinary working platform for sustainable design. On 9 December 2008, he was appointed Honorary Professor by the Senate of the Offenbach Academy of Art and Design. He has written articles regularly for an online magazine since May 2009. Founder and organizer, together with Beate Kemfert and Peter Eckart of "The future of the car?" an organization on sustainable group transport and interactive traffic infrastructures which started with a symposium and show at Ruesselsheim June 6-July 4, 2010. At the Cumulus conference in Shanghai's UN Expo 2010 pavilion appointed head of Cumulus' global water working group. Member of the board of WELTKULTUREN Museum Frankfurt. Bertsch is member of Rotary Club Frankfurt Friedensbrücke.

Publications (selection)

"Two goddesses of Indian design Stylepark Nov 2011 – learning to understand climate change and rivers (German) as editor in chief. Frankfurt am Main, launch Jan 13th 2011

Undisciplined? Design in an age of massive change. In: Hans Höger (Hrsg.): Design Research. Mailand 2008, pp. 96–117.

Avrupali, kendi kültür baskentini tanimiyor. In: Cumhuriyet Hafta vom 31. August 2007, pp. 1 und 13

The Benefits of Organizing International Design Workshops to Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Local Context. In: Juried Education Papers. Global Issues (The ICSID IDSA World Congress, Oct. 17-20 2007, San Francisco, USA) together with Özlem Er.

Der Raum der Erinnerung. In: Jan Hoet (Hrsg.): V+W Designmatrix. Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2006, pp. 113–144.

Build or Die. Constructing survival. In: Jesko Fezer (Hrsg.): Designcity. Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin 2006, pp. 149 f.

Common Sense. In: Christian Wurster (Hrsg.): V+W Privatbuch. Selbstverlag Vogt + Weizenegger, Berlin 2005, pp. 104 ff.

Georg-Christof Bertsch is member of:

House of Logistics and Mobility, Frankfurt

Board of Governors, Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem

Board of trustees of stadelschule portikus e.V., Frankfurt

Kleepforte Schoolproject, Gobabis, Namibia

Tennisclub Schwarz Weiss, Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt

Rotary Club Frankfurt Friedensbrücke (Bridge of Peace)


Georg-Christof Bertsch is fluent in German, English, Spanish (as conference languages), Italian (as lecture language) and reads French and Catalan literature.