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Kristian Kloeckl

Kristian Kloeckl is Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Art + Design and the School of Architecture. He holds a PhD in Product and Communication Design, and a Master degree in Industrial Design.

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Kristian was a research scientist and the Real Time City Group Lead at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Senseable City Lab as part of which he established the lab’s research unit in Singapore. There, he and his team pioneered a data platform and data visualization research initiative that brought together real time data from many of Singapore’s key urban systems operators (telecommunication, transportation, energy, environment) and developed technologies for the analysis, dynamic visual representation and interaction with this data.

Kristian was a faculty member at the University IUAV of Venice’ Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environments (former Faculty of Design and Arts), teaching in the Master in Industrial Design and directing two research units. He has worked as a professional designer with studios in Berlin, Milan and Venice as well as out of his own consultancy with companies in Austria and Italy.

His work is guided by an interest in exploring meaningful ways to disclose the potential of technological innovations by developing novel application scenarios and solutions as well as interface and interaction modalities to form valuable connections between people, objects, space, and the digital data layers that increasingly pervade our environment.

Kristian has published in international journals and books and his work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Vienna MAK, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Singapore Art Museum, as well as the China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts. Kristian is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has amongst others presented at World Bank SDN Forum, Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, Austrian Innovation Forum in Vienna, Platform Strategy Executive Symposium at MIT Media Lab, ICA Conference in Taipei, and eGov Global Exchange in Singapore.

Curriculum Vitae


Architecture, Art + Design, Center for Design


  • Visiting PhD Student, Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Phd, Product and Communication Design, Università luav di Venezia
  • Master in Industrial Design, Politecnico di Milano
  • Architecture, Technische Universität Graz
  • International Baccalaureate, United World College of the Adriatic

Courses Taught

  • ARTG 5600 Experience Design Studio 1
  • ARTG 6100 Information Design Studio 2
  • ARTG 6200 Information Design Studio 3—Synthesis
  • ARTG 6310 Design for Behavior and Experience
  • ARTG 6320 Design of Information-Rich Environments
  • ARCH 5310 Design Tactics and Operations
  • ARCH 7130 Master’s Research Studio