Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Fritz Frenkler

Visiting Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering

Email: ffrenkler@ntu.edu.sg
Prof Fritz Frenkler

Biography
Born in 1954, Fritz Frenkler graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig) in 1983.

He worked for frogdesign Germany and became design director of frogdesign USA. In 1986, he set up and lead frogdesign Asia. Between 1992 and 1999, he was president of wiege Wilkhahn Entwicklungsgesellschaft, before becoming president of Deutsche Bahn Medien GmbH and chief designer of Deutsche Bahn AG.

In 2000, Fritz Frenkler and Anette Ponholzer established f/p design deutschland gmbh, followed by the opening of f/p design japan inc. in 2003.

He is regional advisor of ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design). He is a long standing member of the Board of iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. and chairman of the jury of the iF product design awards. Since 2006 he is one of the founding members of universal design e.V., a non-profit association with a keen interest in all aspects of universal design. In 2013 he became a member of the „Akademie der Künste“ in Berlin.

He was nominated as an honorary professor in the department of Industrial Design at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig), in 2005. Since 2006, he holds a chair as university professor of Industrial Design at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION:

• Braunschweig University of Art, Germany, Degree Diplom Design, 1983
• Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany, Studies in Psychology of Perception, 1980 - 83

APPOINTMENTS:

• Member of “Akademie der Kuenste”, Berlin, 2013 - present
• Scientific Advisor, TUMCREATE a joint research programme between Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore with funding by the National Research Foundation NRF of Singapore, 2010 - present
• University Professor, Technical University of Munich, Faculty of Architecture, Chair of Industrial Design, Germany, 2006 - present
• Honorary Professor, Braunschweig University of Art, Germany, 2005 - present
• Founder and President, f/p design japan inc., Japan 2003 - present
• Founder and President, f/p design deutschland gmbh, Munich, Germany, 2000 - present
• Chief Designer and Chief Brand Manager of the Deutsche Bahn AG, 1999 - 2001
• President, Deutsche Bahn Medien GmbH, Frankfurt/M, Germany, 1999 - 2001
• Treasurer, ICSID Canada, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, Montreal, Canada, 1999 – present
• Member of IDSA, Industrial Designers Society of America, Boston, USA, 1997 - 99
• Board Member, iF Product Design Award Jury, International Forum Design, Hannover, Germany, 1995 - present
• Board Member, ICSID Finland, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, Helsinki, Finland, 1995 - 99
• President, wiege Wilkhahn Entwicklungs GmbH, Bad Muender, Germany, 1992 - 99
• President, frogdesign Asia K.K., (Japan and Taiwan ROC), Tokyo, Japan, 1986 - 91
• Design Manager, frogdesign GmbH Altensteig, Germany; frogdesign Ltd. Campbell, USA, 1983 - 85
• Member of DDV, Deutscher Designer Verband e.V., Stuttgart, Germany, 1979 - 2002
• Assistant Instructor, Industrial Design, Braunschweig University of Art, Germany, 1979 - 83

PRIZES / AWARDS:

• best of neocon award, Chicago, USA
• Braun Preis, Kronberg, Germany
• Bundespreis Gute Form, RFF, Frankfurt/M, Germany
• Cycolac ABS-Design-Preis, Borg-Warner-Chemicals, New York, USA
• DDC Design Award, Frankfurt/M, Germany
• Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frankfurt/M, Germany
• Deutsche Auswahl, Design Center Stuttgart, Germany
• G-Mark, Tokyo, Japan: gold award, silver award, best of category
• good design award, Chicago, USA
• iF communication design award, Hannover, Germany
• iF Design Award, Hannover, Germany
• iF product design award, international forum design, Hannover, Germany
• Industrial Design Excellence Awards, Business Week, New York, USA
Research Interests
Entrepreneurship
User Experience
Universal Design
Design Research
Interdisciplinary Development Processes
Co-Design
Building Automation
Electric Mobility



2007 Intuitive operation units as interface between man and building, research partners: Institute of Industrial Engineering, Prof. Ekkehard Frieling, Universität Kassel; Chair of Clima Design,
Prof. Gerhard Hausladen, TUM; Siemens Building Technologies GmbH & Co. oHG
2008 Universal Design in global demographic change, research partners: universal design e.V, Robert Bosch Stiftung
2008 Future Office, research partner: Mauser Einrichtungssystemen GmbH & Co. KG
2008 Electroactive Polymeres, applications for electroactive polymeres, project with students, research partner: Bayer MaterialScience
2009 Roadster - in 365 days to a prototype car, project with students, project partner: Roding Automobile GmbH
2009 Visions for Aircraft Cabins / Innovative Aircraft Seating, project partners: Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V., Lufthansa AG, Swiss International, Recaro Aircraft Seating, müller/romca
2009 Edison Reloaded, Lights, project partner: Zweibrüder Optoelectronics GmbH
2009 automobile interior concepts 2022, project with students, project partner: BMW Group
2010 - 16 TUMCREATE – Phase 1, Interdisciplinary Development of Vehicle Concepts, project partner: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, www.eva-taxi.sg, funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation
2010 vorradler, electric bicycle, project with students, project partner: Electrolyte GmbH
2011 car@TUM, research project User-Experience, research partner: BMW Group
2011 MUTE - TUM Electric Mobility, electric car, research partners: 22 Chairs at TUM, www.mute-automobile.de
2011 - 14 EXIST IV – Phase 1, TUM, The Entrepreneurial University, 40 supported Start-Ups
2012 Creative Dialogue of Generations, generation-friendly products, project partners: universal design GmbH, sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology
2012 Home Heroes, project partners: Institute of Product Development (TUM) and Robert Bosch Hausgeräte GmbH
2012 Conference Design & Science, sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology
2012 - 15 Visio.M, electric car, www.visiom-automobile.de, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
2013 ON/OFF Board, project partners: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), BMW Group
2014 Phase 0, interdisciplinary discourses in phase 0, research partner: BMW Group
2014 - 15 interdisciplinary research project for inventory rebuilding: " The room - The bathroom " Universal Design to 4 square meters, research partners: Feddersen Architekten, IF UNIVERSAL DESIGN & SERVICE GmbH, Villeroy & Boch, Kermi, Jung, Küffner, Pressalit Care, Hansa, The Care Takers
2014 - 16 AHC Automated Heating Control, project partners: ETH Zürich, ZAHW, GreenTEG Ag, IMI Hydronic Engineering Deutschland GmbH, funded by Climate-KIC
2014 - 16 EXIST IV – Phase 2, TUM, The Entrepreneurial University, 20 supported Start-Ups
2015 - 18 aCar mobility, www.acar.tum.de, funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation
2016 - 19 Bavarian cooperation on transport efficiency - Truck 2030, funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation
2015 - 17 Biofakte, the language of biofacts: semantics and materiality highly technologically sophisticated plants, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
2015 - 17 Zukunft Bau, modular system for industrialized social housing construction, funded by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)
2016 Quo Vadis Design, German Design and Dieter Rams, Symposium at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Japan
2016 - 21 TUMCREATE – Phase 2, Design for Autonomous Mobility, project partner: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, www.tum-create.edu.sg, funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation

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