2016 –Artistic Director and co-founder of Atelier LUMA, LUMA Arles. Arles, France
2019 – 2023Rector at Karlsruhe University of Art & Design (HfG). Karlsruhe, Germany
2001 – 2019Artistic Director and Founder of Z33 House for Contemporary Art. Hasselt, Belgium
2017 – 2018Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial. Istanbul, Turkey
2010 – 2020Head of Master Department Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2013 – 2014Curator of biennial of design BIO50, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2001 – 2010Lecturer, Design Academy Eindhoven, Department Man and Well-Being. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2001 – 2011Project Manager, Design, Anno ’02. Kortrijk, Belgium
1998 – 2001Director, Centre for Integral Product Design CEPRO. Waregem, Belgium
1998 – 1999Host Lecturer, Product Design, Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg. Genk, Belgium
1995 – 1998Product Manager, Kreon. Antwerp, Belgium
1995 – 1996Lecturer and host lecturer, Design Theory, Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg, Department Graphic and Advertisement Design. Hasselt, Belgium

Recent Publications

2023Atelier Luma, Bioregional Design Practices (Luma)
2021Muller Van Severen: Dialogue. (Walther König)
2020Social Matter, Social Design: For Good or Bad, all Design is Social. (Valiz, Amsterdam)
2018Studio Future, Future Thinking in Art and Design. (Black Dog Press)


1986 – 1992Product Design, Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (former SHIVKV now Luca school of arts).
Thesis: Game as Metaphor for the Twentieth Century. Magna Cum Laude. Genk, Belgium

Activities (selection)


President of the architecture and design Commission of the Flemish Community. Member of the Dutch creative fund selection commissions.
Board member Manifesta International, and Manifesta 9 Member of the advisory board. Fondazione Matera-Basilicata 2019. Matera, Italy and former member of the advisory board. V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Dundee, Great Britain. Hochschulrat Karlshochschule Karlsruhe.


Board member Foundation d’Entreprise Martell, Cognac, France.

Workshops talks and lectures:

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, JRC Ispra, WEF Davos, Kunstgewerbe Museum Hamburg, Centre Pompidou, Norman Foster Foundation, Vitra Design Museum, London Design Museum, ZKM, Het Nieuw Instituut. CCA, Copenhagen. Porto Design Biennial,…