Since 1997, Prof. Volker Zölch has been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, in the field of "Designing Products and Developing Design Strategies" in the Design degree programme. He started in Heiligendamm and moved to the campus of Hochschule Wismar in 2000. During his time at Hochschule Wismar, he also taught in cooperation projects in Norway, Slovakia and Spain. Prof. Volker Zölch has been teaching for a total of 32 years. His previous academic stations were Stuttgart and Schwäbisch Gmünd. Shortly after his retirement at the end of February 2022, Zölch will publish the book "6 + 26", leaving behind a retrospective of his academic work on over 250 pages with diploma and project work, contributions from companions and thoughts on design education. The first proofs are already available.
Prof. Volker Zölch studied "Industrial Design" at the Folkwangschule Essen-Werden and at the University of Essen. Afterwards, he first worked as a designer for design studios and for research and development teams in the capital goods industry. He also headed the design department of a luminaire manufacturer and founded the design and development office "ULTRAVIOLET" with partners, based in North Rhine-Westphalia.
He began his academic career in 1990 at the State Academy of Art in Stuttgart as an artistic assistant to Prof. Hans Erich Slany's chair of capital goods design and as a lecturer at the Schwäbisch Gmünd College of Design. He worked in the state of Baden-Württemberg for a total of 6 years before moving from the south of Germany to the north. 26 years ago, he was appointed professor by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. His publication "6 + 26" will show, extensively illustrated, the results of his students' 32 years of teaching. More about the publication shortly.
We wish Prof. Volker Zölch all the best for his future!