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Dr. Florian Conradi

Research Group Lead

Florian Conradi is a designer and researcher combining critical theory and design as an approach to critical practice. He studied art and design at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (MFA), the Köln International School of Design in Cologne (MA), and wrote his Ph.D. in the field of Design Research at the UdK Berlin. 

Since 2008 he has been initiating sociopolitical design projects with institutions in the field of critical media, political advocacy and artistic research, carrying out field research in Europe, the Middle East, East and West Africa. As a researcher he has worked for the Design Research Lab, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), from 2018-2022 he lead the research group Critical Maker Culture at the UdK Berlin (Weizenbaum Institute) together with Michelle Christensen, and he is an associated researcher at the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) in Berlin. 

He has taught critical approaches to design and design methods at amongst other places the Köln International School of Design and the UdK Berlin. In 2018-2019 he was a visiting professor at the international Master program in Integrated Design (MAID) at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, and from 2019-2024 he taught as a visiting professor for Open Science/Critical Design at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future.

Currently he heads the research group “Design, Diversity and New Commons” at the Berlin University of the Arts / Weizenbaum Institute.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Group Lead

Since 15 September 2022: Research Group: Design, Diversität and New Commons

Until 14 September 2022: Research Group: Critical Maker Culture

Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK)