Prof. dr. Thoring, K.C.

Katja Thoring is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and also holds a full professorship for Integrated Design at Anhalt University in Dessau, Germany.

Academic Background

Katja graduated from the University of the Arts in Berlin with a Diploma degree in Industrial Design. She obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft with a research project called “Designing Creative Space”.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Academy of Design Innovation Management (ADIM), as well as a member of the International Scientific Committee for the LearnXDesign Conference 2021. Her work was published in several international journals such as Design Studies, Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design Analysis and Manufacturing (AI EDAM), and CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation. Moreover, she is a regular reviewer for leading journals in the design field, for example Design Studies, She Ji, Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM), Creativity and Innovation Management, Design Science Journal, and Journal of Design Research.

Katja’s research topics include creativity, design innovation, design methods and tools, design thinking, and design education. Her main quest is to understand how the work environment can influence creativity and to turn these insights into tools and techniques for improving the innovation process.


  • 2014 – 2019
    Delft University of Technology
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Department of Product Innovation Management, Section Design Methodology
    PhD: “Designing Creative Space — A Systemic View on Workspace Design and its Impact on the Creative Process”. Supervised by Prof. dr. Petra Badke-Schaub and Prof. dr. Pieter Desmet.
  • 1996 – 2002
    University of the Arts Berlin, Germany
    Diploma in Industrial Design
  • 1999 – 2000
    Industrial Design Studies
    California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA  


  • 2020 — present
    Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering,
    Department Human-Centered Design
  • 2009 — present
    Full Professor for Integrated Product Design
    at Anhalt University/Germany, Dessau School of Design
  • 2007 – 2013
    Visiting Professor and Design Thinking Coach
    HPI School of Design Thinking, Potsdam/Germany
  • 2004 – 2009
    Research Associate
    University of the Arts Berlin/Germany
  • 2000 – 2001
    Interface Designer
    frogdesign GmbH, Berlin/Germany
  • 2002 – present
    Design and Innovation Consultant
    Thoring Design, Berlin/Germany
  • 1993 – 1995
    Packaging Designer
    Schoepe Display, Berlin/Germany

Specialisation / field of research

  • Design Innovation
  • Innovation Management
  • Innovation Tools
  • Creativity
  • Creative Workspaces
  • Design Thinking
  • Research Methods
  • Design Education

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

at TU Delft in the Minor “Connected Creativity”:

  • Personal Creative Space
  • Creative Space as a Catalyst for Organizational Change

at Anhalt University:

  • Research Methods
  • Scientific Publishing for Beginners
  • Thesis Preparation Course
  • 2d/3d Design Foundations
  • Advanced Furniture Design and Smart Space
  • Experimental Product Design
  • Speculative Design and Critical Design

Co-Supervising PhD Candidates:

  • Alberto Iberbuden: “Mindfulness in the Design Thinking Process”, together with Prof. dr. Pieter Desmet
  • Birgit Jobst: “The Interplay of Sketching, Prototyping, and Design Expertise”, together with Prof. dr. Petra Badke-Schaub
  • Nik Shahman Ariff: “Exploring the Role of Sketching on Shared Understanding in Design”, together with Prof. dr. Petra Badke-Schaub


Thoring, K. (2019). Designing Creative Space: A Systemic View on Workspace Design and its Impact on the Creative Process. Delft University of Technology. ISBN 978-94-6384-082-8

Katja Thoring

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