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Jan-Henrik Andersen

Jan-Henrik Andersen

Associate Professor, School of Art & Design


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Office: 1060 AA
Phone: (734) 615-3615
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Curriculum Vitae

Diploma (M.F.A. equivalent), Institute of Industrial Design - The National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Oslo, Norway, 1984


Originally an architect by training, Jan-Henrik Andersen served as project manager of a comprehensive public design program for the city of Oslo from 1987 to 1989. Until 1996, he was also a tenured faculty member at what is now the Institute of Industrial Design at the Oslo School of Architecture. In 1999, following a three-year visiting professorship at Purdue University, he joined the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where he teaches design history and methodology as well as studio/practice-based courses that emphasize three-dimensional modeling and rapid prototyping.

Andersen maintains an active professional practice that encompasses both university-related research and industrial product design. Working internationally, he has managed or participated in more than 50 industrial design projects ranging from the development of sustainable marine farming to electro-mechanical durables such as computer workstations and consumer products. In addition, he has developed award-winning designs of sailing boats and small craft, and his yacht designs and prototypes have been published in international journals.

Andersen’s current research interests are focused on design methodologies that emphasize form semantics and technology-based design tools. The notion of an inquisitive and holistic approach to design and environmental sustainability is prominent in his work, and he employs a broad approach in order to achieve design integration with related fields such as engineering, the sciences and the humanities.

In recent years, Andersen has worked with physicists at the University of Michigan to develop a comprehensive visual nomenclature for subatomic particle energies and matter. This work has resulted in large-scale, computer-generated images inked on canvas and paper and, more recently, a series of human-scale objects such as furniture. The images were exhibited during the summer of 2005 at the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.

Andersen has received numerous awards and grants and has lectured internationally. His work, which is widely published, has been exhibited throughout Europe and the US.

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