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April 9, 2020

Dr. Claudia Perren appointed director

FHNW Academy of Art and Design

© Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. Photo: Franziska Sinn.

On March 30, 2020, the University Board of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland appointed Dr. Claudia Perren as the new director of FNHW Academy of Art and Design.

Dr. Claudia Perren completed her studies in Architecture at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee in 1997, continued with a MAS in History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zurich from 1997-1998, and then completed her PhD in Theory of Art and Architecture at the University of Kassel in 2005. After receiving her degree, Dr Claudia Perren taught Design, Architecture, and Urban Planning at the University of Sydney and at the Sydney University of Technology for eight years.

As from 2014, Dr. Claudia Perren served as director and board member of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Over the last fifteen years, Claudia Perren has organized and realized a wide range of festivals, conferences, as well as teaching and education programmes in such diverse countries as Australia, China, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Dr Claudia Perren is 47 years old, married, and has two children.

Professor Dr Ursula Renold, president of the FHNW University Board, is thrilled about the appointment of Claudia Perren as the new director: “The new director of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design has to fit an extremely challenging profile and have the ability to master future challenges in a goal-oriented and sustainable manner. We are convinced that Claudia Perren is absolutely the right person for this exciting task.”

Professor Dr Crispino Bergamaschi, chairman of the board of directors of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts FHNW and head of the appointment process, said about the election of Dr. Claudia Perren: “I am very pleased about the appointment of Claudia Perren. The new director has the competence and the personality as well as the leadership experience and the necessary international network which are key to this position.”

The FNHW Academy of Art and Design offers BA and MA degree programmes in the fields of Art, Design, and Media. As a practice-guided learning, teaching, and research community, the Academy takes on the challenges of the present from an artistic and creative perspective and is committed to the training of the next generation of artists, designers, educators.

For further information:
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
Prof. Dr. Crispino Bergamaschi, President FHNW: T +41 56 202 71 29 / crispino.bergamaschi [​at​] fhnw.ch

Contact:
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
Dominik Lehmann, Director of communications FHNW: T +41 56 202 77 28 / dominik.lehmann [​at​] fhnw.ch

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW comprises nine schools and academies focussing on Applied Psychology; Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geomatics; Art and Design; Life Sciences; Music; Teacher Training; Social Work; Business; and Technology. The FHNW campuses are distributed across the four operating cantons Aargau, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, and Solothurn, with roughly 12,600 enrolled students. Around 800 lecturers impart practice-based and market-oriented knowledge in 29 BA and 18 MA degree programmes along with numerous further educational programmes. Experience has shown that FHNW graduates are highly sought-after specialists in the market.

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