Research-Committee iphiGenia RCi

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The international Gender Design Network/iGDN will receive active support for the iphi Award (iphiGenia Gender Design Award): the Research-Committee iphiGenia (RCi) consists of 27 renowned international experts who will be looking for gender-sensitive design throughout the world and will be submitting their findings to the jury.

The research-committee was appointed to ensure that the quality and diversity of projects, companies and institutions suitable for an iphi Award will not only be maintained, but will also be expanded. The award recognises designers, agencies and companies who position themselves against stereotypes and for gender-sensitive design with design projects or overall business concepts defined by innovative approaches and excellent aesthetics.

The committee members’ enthusiastic response to their appointment testifies to the fact that the iphi Award enjoys high international reputation. We are thrilled about this positive feedback and we welcome our new active ambassadors for the iphi mission: smart design without stereotypes.

Members of RCi (research-committee iphigenia)

Dr. Menna Agha

is a Nubian architect and researcher, she was a visiting assistant professor and a spatial justice fellow at the University of Oregon. Menna holds a Doctorate in Architecture, a Masters in Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture Engineering. Her research interests include the questions of gender, space, territory, and displacement.

Portrait Gerhard Bruyns

Dr. ir. Gerhard Bruyns

is Assistant Professor of Environment and Interior Design, School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He lives in Hong Kong.

Portrait Elena Caratti

Elena Caratti

is Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Milano Design Department. She is a member of two research groups: Design and Translation ( and Communication Design for gender cultures ( She lives in Milan.

Portrait Michelle Christensen

Dr. Michelle Christensen

Michelle Christensen is a Senior Researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) where she leads a research group on Critical Making together with Florian Conradi. She has a background in political sociology, gender studies and design.

Olivia Daigneault Deschênes

Olivia Daigneault Deschênes

holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia and currently practices architecture in Montreal, Canada. Before, she was the first designer to be selected designer-in-residence of the “HfG Archiv Ulm” (archive of the famous Ulm School).

Kajsa Eriksson

Dr. Kajsa G. Eriksson

is a Professor of Visual Art with specialization in Forms of Visual Art at the HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design, Gothenburg University, Sweden. She holds a PhD in Design and runs the independent collaborative arts-based research studio Vague Research Studios.

Meret Ernst

teaches design history at FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel and was from 2003-2021 Senior editor for culture and design at the magazine Hochparterre, Zurich. She combines journalistic practice with scholarly work. She lives in Zurich.

Photo Credit: Cortis & Sonderegger

Griselda Flesler

Griselda Flesler

is Professor of Design and Gender Studies Department at FADU, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Researcher at the American Art Institute, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Robert Franken

Robert Franken

is a German feminist, digital consultant, speaker, blogger, UN Women Botschafter #heforshe Deutschland and member of the advisory board of PANDA, a career competition and network for female leaders. Also: co-founder Male Feminists Europe. Twitter: herrfranken / blog „Digitale Tanzformation

Mieke Gerritzen

Is a designer, was professor of the Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and director of the MOTI Museum, Breda. Currently she is the founder and director of the Image Society. She lives in Amsterdam.

Minako Ikeda

Minako Ikeda

Is associate professor  of design at Kyushu University and editor and cofounder of IIDJ, Institut for Information Design, Japan.

She lives in Fukuoka and Tokyo.

Saskia Ketz

Saskia Ketz

Originally from Germany and now living in New York, Saskia Ketz is the publisher of ‚A Women’s Thing’, a print and online publication covering women that matter in business and the arts. A Women’s Thing received the iphiGenia Gender Design Award in the category “Revolution” last year.

Photo Credit: Personal

Franziska von Lewinski

Franziska von Lewinski is a German digital expert and member of fischerAppelt’s executive board since 2014. She is responsible for the digital ecosystem within the agency group—technology innovations and digital marketing in particular.

Dr. Nicola Marsden

is Professor in Software Engineering at Heilbronn University of Applied Siences, her main research topics are Human-Computer Interaction and Gender, Management and social processes in computer science, Motivation and attitude research, Human-centered design processes.

Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall

Among others, after having served as Dean of Parsons School of Design he became Provost and CAO of the New School, New York for many years. From February 2021, Tim Marshall will take up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Design and Social Context and Vice-President at the RMIT Melbourne, Australia. He has a background in photography and fine arts.

Min Chen

designer, practices from the design of objects to technological products and interior architecture. He designs for both Chinese and Western companies. He lives and works in Hangzhou, China.

Milena Mussi

Milena Mussi

started her career as marketing and communication manager in the fashion business. Since 1995 she is Managing Director of Iosa Ghini Associates,  an internationally known architecture and design company. She works in Bologna and Milan, and lives in Bologna.

Claudia Neumann

Claudia Neumann

founder and co-owner of „neumann communication“, Cologne, an agency specialised in networking, content creation and communication targeting design oriented companies, fairs and cultural institutions.

Dr. Babette Peters

since 2018 the art historian is Director of the Hamburg design centre “designxport”. She lives in Hamburg.

photo credit: Heide Benser

Alice Rawsthorn

Alice Rawsthorn

explores the role of design in cultural history past, present and future in her writing, talks and books, including Design as an Attitude. She lives in London.


photo credit: Michael Leckie

Dr. Jennifer A. Rode

is the head of the Rainbow Lab and Senior Lecturer at University College London‘s Knowledge Lab. Her research lies in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing. Her work examines the values of users and designers, and how those values influence the user-centered design process.

Penny Sparke

Prof. Dr. Penny Sparke

is the Director of the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University, Department of Critical and Historical Studies. She lives in London.

Stetten Bitter

is a fashion designer and the Director of the Trend & Identity Master’s programme and research at the ZhdK (Zurich University of the Arts) . Since 2003 she runs the international fashion label “Bitten Stetter fashion & concept”.

Anne Elisabeth Toft

architect and PhD in architectural history and theory, is an associate professor (tenure) at the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Vinken

is Full Professor and Chair of Comparative and French Literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich. She lives in Munich.

Dr. Hanna Wirman

is an Assistant Professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she teaches game design and social design. Her research focuses on marginal game audiences, gender, and on players’ participation in game creation before and after release. The Finish-born expert lives in Hoing Kong.

You would like to submitt an entry for #iphi2019? Please visit the iphi Website

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