Universität der Künste Berlin
PI: Interactions and Interfaces for Shaping Space
PI: Spatial Design in the Digital Age
Kora Kimpel has been a Professor of Interface and Interaction Design at the Universität der Künste Berlin since 2004. She is a new-media designer and design consultant and has worked for various clients and in numerous research projects for many years. Kimpel was Vice President of the Universität der Künste from 2012 to 2015. At present, she is part of the management team of the Hybrid Plattform, a joint initiative between Technische Universität Berlin and the Universität der Künste Berlin. Kimpel studied industrial design at the Braunschweig University of Art and at the Universidad de Bellas Artes Barcelona. As a research scholar, Kimpel investigates the potentials of digital media, which ranges from physical computing to generative design modules as well as human-computer interaction and new material interfaces. Additional interests include the development of methods and approaches in creative innovation and ideation processes with a focus on design research. Since 2009, Kimpel has been working with with the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation in the development of exploratory, user-centered designs. She is also a reviewer (including for the Berlin Senate) for various juries’, and is an active internationally sought after teacher. Kimpel received numerous awards for her work including a Red Dot Communication Award and Best Automobile Manufacturer Website for Audi as well as Evolving Books Award for the project “Berlin – Made to Create.” She is a member of the board of the German Society for Design Theory and Research.
1. Heidingsfelder, M., Kaiser, S., Kimpel, K. and M. Schraudner, eds. Shaping Future – neue Methoden für Partizipation in Forschung und Innovation. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 2017.
2. Heidingsfelder, M., Kimpel, K. and M. Schraudner. “New ways of thinking about the future. Design fiction for public reflection to new and emerging technologies.” Iterations 5 (2017): 44-51.
3. Kimpel, K. et al. “Shaping Future Co-Designing future technologies.” Unfrozen 2016. Keynote address to the Swiss Design Network, January 30, 2016.
4. Kimpel, K. “Design Prototyping for Research Planning and Technological Development.” In Rethink! Prototyping, edited by C. Gengnagel, et al., 23-35. Heidelberg: Springer, 2016.
5. Heidingsfelder, M., Kimpel, K. et al. “Shaping Future - Adapting design know-how to reorient innovation towards public preferences.” Technological Forecast and Social Change 101 (2015): 291-298.
6. Kimpel, K. “Design Perspectives 2 - Design in Research.” Form 260 (2015): 76-80.
7. Rehberg, M., Kimpel, K. et al. “Tangible Meets Fictional. Shaping the Future, a Participatory Methodology.” In Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, edited by T. Michalek, et al., 27-132. Prague: Technology Centre ASCR, 2014.
8. Kimpel, K. et al.: “Shaping Future New Methods for Participatory Technology Foresight.” Conference presentation PACITA 2015, 145-150. Prague: PACITA, 2015.
9. Seewald, B., Kimpel, K. and M. Schraudner. “Discover Markets - participatory methods for integrating user experience.” In Book of Abstracts of the 1st European technology assessment conference “Technology assessment in policy areas of great transitions, 171-172. Prague: PACITA, 2013.
10. Mareis, C., Joost, G., Kimpel, K., eds. Entwerfen - Wissen - Produzieren: Designforschung im Anwendungskontext. Bonn: transcript, 2010.