After an education in experimental physics (MSc 1984), Pieter Jan Stappers made the switch to Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft, and followed a research path which led from human perception, spatial imagery, Virtual Reality (PhD in 1992), to design tools and participatory design techniques.

His current activities as full professor of design techniques (as of 2002) encompass coordinating the Faculty's Graduate School, being informal director of ID-StudioLab, and heading the research subprogramme on tools and techniques for the conceptual phase of design. Key elements in his work are 'research through design', 'experiential prototypes' and contextmapping.

research interest

Design techniques, especially tools and techniques for the early phases of design. Early concept prototyping and contextmapping.

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Full Professor of Design Techniques, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology


PhD, Virtual Reality, Delft University of Technology
MSc, Experimental Physics & Informatics, Radboud University Nijmegen


Industrial Design Engineering

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