Mr. Prof. Dr. Hans Leo Höger

Company Free University od Bozen/Bolzano


Hans Leo Höger (* 1960), Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, teaches Theory and History of Design and Communication at the Free University of Bozen (Italy). He studied Art History, Romance Philology, Folklore and Empirical Cultural Sciences at the Universities of Bonn, Perugia, Tübingen and Quimper.

The thematic areas of his activities in the field of design research are focused on Cultural Engineering (transdisciplinar approaches to design process setting), Convergence Phenomena in Postindustrial Societies and Design & Politics.

In 2007 he has been the curator of the international conference “Design Research – Strategy Setting to Face the Future” (Bozen). One year later, the Swiss National Science Foundation (Bern) invited him to join its team of experts for the evaluation of research projects. In 2009, the international conference “Multiple Ways to Design Research” (Lugano) invited him to be part of the Program Committee.

As visiting and guest professor he has been teaching at Universities in Milan (Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi), Saarbrücken (Hochschule der bildenden Künste Saar), Zurich (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), Würzburg (University of Applied Sciences Würzburg), New York (City College of New York) and Kent (Kent State University, Ohio).

Since 1998, besides his academic activities he is also working as consultant of strategy & communication for companies and design studios, focusing his attention on design topics in the context of economics, culture and society. Clients include Siemens, Olivetti, Swiss Re, Poste Italiane, Michele De Luccchi, intégral Ruedi Baur et associés.

In 1996 he was appointed Commissioner of the German participation at XIXth Milan Triennale
(‘Identity and Differences: The Future of Urban Environments’); in the same year, together with Georg C. Bertsch, he was responsible for the programme ‘Attitudes for the New Millennium’ within the IDCA International Design Conference in Aspen/Colorado.

He confides in Heraklitos (“Unvisible links are stronger than visible ones”).

He agrees with Sogyal Rinpoche (author of the ‘Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’): ”Theory without practice is useless; practice without theory is dangerous.”

He believes in the assertion stated by Immanuel Kant: ”Without sensoriality, no object would be given us, and without understanding none would be thought.”

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