Studied philosophy, specifically theory of science and theoretical linguistics at Munich, followed there by Int. Design and Architecture at Academy of Fine Arts, graduating with a civil engineering degree from that Bavarian university as well as being therefore granted a DAAD / German Academic Exchange Service postgraduate scholarship in Management and Business Administration for the entrepreneurial designer (dean’s list) at NYSID, Manhattan, USA. First he introduced Computer Aided Styling at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG while employed in the design studio of its research and development center, afterwards he founded and headed the Corporate Design department at Festo. After Sony in 2000, he was awarded design team of the year 2001, handing that trophy over to Apple in 2002. Having won most of the international design competitions worldwide, his innovative industrial design solutions for capital goods are being shown in permanent collections of 10 museums so far. After professorships in Munich and Hamburg, Germany, he was 2004 joining as full professor with tenure Linz University in Austria, acting as Dean of Institute for Space and Design, Chair of Industrial Design department as well as Founder and Head of scionic I.D.E.A.L. research until September 2014. His introduction of research based design approach in academic teaching by learning from live role models in nature has drawn about 100 third-party funded projects from industry, e.g. from EADS, now Airbus Space Group. He has written so far 7 books on design, contributing to about a few tens, both being cited in hundreds refereed publications and invented some 30 patents. Currently he was invited to 16 visiting professorships, acting as final adjudicator in competitions as well as Member of International Programme Committee and reviewer of the International Conference on Research into Design, The Design Society – ICoRD, reviewer of International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED, and Life Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London, founded in 1754, RSA, among others.
Prof. Axel Michael Thallemer