Prof. Dr. Tom Bieling

T 069.800 59 211

Main building, room 311 a + b


by arrangement


Design Theory






Chairman of the doctoral committee


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Photo: Kai Hatterman


Tom Bieling is a design researcher. His main interest is the social and political dimensions of design and the question of what things do to us. At the Centre for Design Research at HAW Hamburg (2019-2022) he represented the professorship for design theory and research, at HAWK Hildesheim he teaches design science (since 2021), previously guest professorships at the University of Trento and GUC Cairo, as well as various teaching positions for design theory and research. At the Design Research Lab of the Berlin University of the Arts (2010-2019), he led the research cluster Social Design, among others. Previously research assistant at the T-Labs / TU Berlin (2007-2010). He is co-editor of the book series Design Meanings (Mimesis), as well as the BIRD series (Birkhäuser/DeGruyter), part of the Board of International Research in Design, and initiator of (since 2008). He is co-founder of the Design Research Network and the initiative Design promoviert, as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft. He was named Young Innovator of the Year by the Falling Walls consortium. His award-winning work is exhibited worldwide. Books (selection): "Inclusion as Design - Participatory Research on, for and through Design" ( 2019), "Design (&) Activism" (2019) and "Gender (&) Design" (2020). He has been Professor of Design Theory at the HfG since the winter semester of 2022.

Projects (selection)

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Theory of Design

Berlin International, 2021
Leitung: Tom Bieling

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Semiotik des Ungewissen

HAW, 2022, Direction: Tom Bieling

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Objects of Conspiracy / Design der Verschwörung

HAW, 2022, Direction: Tom Bieling

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Kritik der Gestaltung – Gestaltung der Kritik

HAW, 2021, Direction: Tom Bieling

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Was ist Designwissenschaft

HAWK, 2021, Direction: Tom Bieling

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Old City, New Future …

Treatise on the functionality of the ghostly
2021 - ongoing 

Tom Bieling, Emine Yorganci

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Design of Unrest: Right-wing Metapolitics – Paralogy – Knowledge Spaces – Chaos

Text, Performance: Tom Bieling, Frieder Bohaumilitzky, Anke Haarmann, Torben Körschkes 
Edition / Sound / Conception: Stephan Kraus; Camera / Conception: Tamara Hildebrand; Support / Subtitles: Alice Lagaay. German original version with english subtitles, 40 min.


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Bird designanddemocracy
Bird integrativedesign
Protocol nr 8 boden 2016
Tombieling books selection
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