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About Dr. Andrea Augsten

Dr. Andrea Augsten is an expert in human-centered design, passionate about applying design research approaches in theory and practice to questions of organizational change, digital transformation and policy making. Currently, she holds a guest professorship at the Technical University of Dresden at the Chair of Industrial Design Engineering. 

She gathered professional experience in various institutions such as the foresight department of Volkswagen AG, the GIZ – Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit for Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the University of Applied Science in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Besides working in the business and social sector, she taught courses on design management, design research and futures studies at universities in Germany, Switzerland and China. 

She is a board member of the German Society of Design Theory and Research, an associate member of the Club of Rome’s Think Tank 30, and a fellow of the German Federal Competence Center for Cultural and Creative Industries.


Together with Stephan Ott, Dr Andrea Augsten formed the jury for the Design Research Award 2022. In 2023, she was a member of the jury for the GDG Exhibition and Awards. In 2024, Andrea Augsten is again a member of the jury for the Museum Exhibition and Awards.