Industrial Design Academic, Loughborough University
IDEA Jury Member 2021-22
Karl Hurn is an industrial design academic at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, managing and teaching undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctorial researchers at one of the leading design schools in the country. As the school’s director of internships, Karl has formed relationships with industry to facilitate the placement of design students at notable design houses around the globe, including Studio F.A. Porsche, Lego, Adidas, Siemens, and Aston Martin.
Actively engaged in academic research, Karl’s most recent research project was working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring user-centred and sustainable sanitation solutions to developing countries.
Before joining academia, Karl worked as an Industrial Designer for Hotpoint, then a division of GE Appliances, designing a wide range of market-leading domestic appliances and consumer goods. Prior to Hotpoint, he worked in retail design for various creative industry consultancy firms, designing point of purchase and retail environments for brands such as Chanel, Lancôme, and Porsche GB.