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Nikolaus Hafermaas

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Award-winning designer and creative director for exhibitions, branded spaces and digital media installations of international scope. Proven, future-focused executive with over 15 years in building and leading large and multidisciplinary creative teams both in the agency realm and in art and design education. Passionate innovator and advocate for integrated design solutions across all media formats with a focus on branded experiences.

Vision, creative direction and excellent design skills spanning 2D, 3D and 4D – combining physical space with time-based media and virtual experiences.

Proven leadership in building, managing and motivating complex creative teams.

Very well connected to networks of internationally renowned designers and architects.

Direct access to emerging creative talent through Art Center College of Design.

Experienced in educating non-designers on the value of design and design thinking processes.

Regularly holds presentations on executive board level and at international design conferences.

Embraces a cross-cultural global perspective: Europe/US/Asia.
Experience
Pasadena, CA, USA
Aug 2004
Dean Special Programs, Chair Graphic Design
Dean Special Programs:
Leading international academic collaborations: setting up a network of global satellite studios, creating new sponsor partnerships with industry leaders, humanitarian institutions and policy makers, establishing new project incubators and innovative learning formats.

Chair Graphic Design:
Leading a faculty of over 40 professional designers and 300 students in a new Graphic Design curriculum that fuses the areas of print, branding, packaging, motion and interaction design, enriched by diverse transdisciplinary study abroad studios in major international cities like Berlin, Copenhagen, and Tokyo.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sep 2006
Founder, Chief Creative
Creating and producing large-scale exhibitions, branded environments, and media-driven public art installations. Clients include San Jose Airport, Atlanta International Airport, BMW, NASA/JPL, Vitra Design Museum, Nevada Museum of Art and TCHO.
Berlin, Germany
Jul 1995Jul 2004
Principal Partner, Chief Creative
Formed together with two partners one of Germany’s leading design firms specialized in communication design. Led a creative team of over 30 designers and architects. Clients included Bertelsmann Media Group, World Expo 2000, Deutsche Telekom AG, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Zurich Financial Services for the Swiss Expo.02.
Education
Sep 1984Jun 1989
Sep 2009Present
Languages
 
English (Fluent), French (Conversational), German (Native)