Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis is an expert for Design Studies as well as Cultural History and Theory. After initial training in Graphic Design, she studied History and Theory of Design, Art and Culture in Zurich, Berlin and Linz. Research and teaching stays have taken her to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge/MA, the Vilnius Academy of Arts, and the University of Basel.
Since 2013 Claudia Mareis is a professor at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, where she heads the Institute for Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM). Since 2019 she leads the Cluster »Matters of Activity – Image Space Material« at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as co-director together with Wolfgang Schäffner, Peter Fratzl, and Horst Bredekamp.
Her research focuses on the history and theory of design in the 19th and 20th century; including design epistemologies and methodologies, cultural history of creativity, experimental design and media practices. In the project “Governing through Design” she examines historical sites, actors and entanglements in Europe and North America that enabled the understanding of design as a third, material knowledge culture in the mid-20th century.