Nitzan Cohen grew up in Israel and completed his studies at the Dutch Design Academy in Eindhoven. He then worked for companies including Siemens and Konstantin Grcic, before starting up his own design studio in Munich in 2007. As well as doing contract work for international companies with a design focus, Cohen also engaged in teaching from an early stage. After a stint teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, holding a professorship in Saarbrücken and appearing as a guest lecturer at the Geneva University of Art and Design, in 2015 he took over the Chair in Product Design in the Faculty of Design and Arts at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Nitzan Cohen has now been appointed Dean of the Faculty, as successor to Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen. On his appointment, he had this to say: “Both design and art play an important role in how we design and manage our society to create a fairer, more sustainable future. In this process, the ability to make use of design and art to enable innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration is crucial.”

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