• Team

    In our Department interior architecture at Hochschule Mainz we are a dedicated team of teachers, employes and assistants. We see students as a part of our team. You can expect an interdisciplinary and creative working environment in a very personal and familiar atmosphere. The variety of courses, combined with the different areas of expertise by the staff, offer students a great deal of scope for self-development.

  • Furniture, product and interior design

    Prof. Bernd Benninghoff teaches Furniture Design and Interior Design. He studied Interior Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Kaiserslautern and at Brighton University. Since 2000, he has worked as a freelance furniture designer and interior architect. From 2004 – 2007 he taught at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. His particular area of interest is the development of creative designs emphasizing the interaction between product and space, as well as the use of innovative materials and manufacturing processes in furniture design and interior architecture.
    Projectpage: Material als Designimpuls

  • Product design

    Prof. Lutz Büsing teaches industrial design. He studied construction and manufacturing technologies at the TU Braunschweig and industrial and capital goods design at HbK Braunschweig and SAdBK Stuttgart universities. For six years, he worked with the Matteo Thun studio in Milan, most recently as a design department manager. Subsequently, he worked for more than ten years as design department manager at the Christoph Ingenhoven architectural office in Düsseldorf, where he developed numerous special and serial products for building construction projects. He has won numerous national and international awards for his work in cooperation with leading industrial partners. Since 2013, he has also been serving as a consultant.

  • Material Studies, Structural Design and Construction

    Prof. Iris Fäth teaches Material Studies, Structural Design and Construction. She studied Civil Engineering and Architecture at the Technical University in Darmstadt. After completing her studies she gained professional experience as a structural engineer in various engineering companies in Frankfurt and Darmstadt. After five years as Assistant in the Architecture department at the Technical University of Darmstadt, she founded her own engineering company and was appointed as a professor at the Hochschule Mainz in 1998, where she has been Vice President since 2008.

  • Scenography

    Grew up in Munich. Studied scenography at the State Academy of Fine Art in Karlsruhe under Johannes Schütz, Theresia Birkenhauer, Günther Förg and Hans Belting. Since 1995 scenographer, stage and costume designer, among others at important theatres such as Theater Basel, Schauspiel Köln, schauspielhannover, Teatr Russkoj Drami Kiew, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Theater Freiburg, Centraltheater Leipzig. Invitations from festivals such as Biennale Bonn, Internationale Schiller Days Mannheim, Beijing International Art Festival, Heidelberger Stückemarkt, Stücke Mülheim and Salzburg Festival. Nomination as stage designer of the year 2012 by THEATER HEUTE. Exhibition finalist at the World Stage Design 2013 / Cardiff.

  • Technology and spacial design

    Prof. Alexa Hartig, Professor of Technology, studied architecture at the Technical University in Darmstadt as well as Columbia University, N.Y. and UC Berkeley. Prior to establishing her own architectural office and starting her teaching career, she obtained an additional degree in Film/Video at NYU and worked for international architect’s offices. The initiation of a digital composite laboratory as well as numerous cooperations and projects with institutions and the industry facilitate a research-oriented feedback for the atmospheric-technologically based focus of her teaching activities.

  • Art and Space

    Prof. Andreas Kaiser teaches Drawing, Plastic design, History of Art and Room Installation. A philologist and qualified Artist, he was a Master student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster. Since 1997 he has worked as freelance artist, with special emphasis on the interface between art and architecture. Creating topical local installations and interventions on buildings, on monuments or in the city at large, he intervenes where other disciplines have reached their limits.



  • Building Theory and Design

    Prof.Gerhard Kalhöfer teaches Building Theory and Design. In the offices at Kalhöfer-Korschildgen Architektur and Kalhöfer-Rogmans, Exhibition Design, he works on projects ranging from interior design to landscaping. The foundation of all his projects reflects an experimental attitude and his conviction that “as well as” is better than “either … or”. Further details about Gerhard Kalhöfer’s CV, teaching activities, exhibitions, publications and projects can be found at www.kalhoefer-korschildgen.de  and  www.kalhoefer-rogmans.de

  • Introduction into design, constructive design

    Prof. Antje Krauter teaches Constructive Design. She studied and taught at the Technical University in Stuttgart and at the University of Wuppertal. Since 1993 she has been the head of das “büro für architektur” in Stuttgart. She acts as a jury member and runs the exhibition committee of the architectural gallery at Weissenhof, Stuttgart.

  • Interior Design, colour and material

    Prof. Markus Pretnar studied architecture at the Technical University Darmstadt. After one year as freelance designer in Warsaw he joined the inter-disciplinary design team  3deluxe in Wiesbaden. Here, the overlapping of genres has shaped his attitude in the training of future interior designers: in a team of specialists from different fields, interior designers are the experts for space, atmosphere and materials, and as such they have to assert themselves. yeah.hs-mainz.de

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  • Digital design and media architecture

    Prof. Klaus Teltenkötter studied music, specialising in Violoncello at Hannover University of Music and Drama, as well as Architecture at the Technical University in Darmstadt. After completing his studies he gained practical experience in architecture, stage design and media architecture in various companies including the architectural office of Daniel Libeskind, as well as at the ag4 mediatecture company in Cologne. Klaus Teltenkötter works on developing artistically and technologically ambitious concepts, integrating digital media into the field of architecture. His main research focus is exploring digital designstrategies in the field of digital design and digital fabrication methods, robotik. Member of Art Directors Club ADC.
    Teaching and research: www.designstrategies.org

  • administration

    Frau Corina Otto works as a secretary in the interior design department. She is responsible for the organisational tasks of the interior design programme and assists the head of the programme in his manifold tasks.

  • Assistant

    In summer 2013, Katharina Bahne completed her Masters in “Communication in Space” at the
    University of Applied Sciences Mainz and subsequently worked as a stage and exhibition designer. She has created and realised projects in the areas of communication in space/brand architecture. Furthermore, she has supported small shop and gastronomy projects in Mainz in setting up concepts and designs. Since May 2016, Katharina has been serving as an assistant in the interior design department. She teaches the portfolio course in the 6th semester and is the public relations coordinator for the degree programme.

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  • Model maker

    After his A-levels, Dipl. Ing. Georg Schnorr von Carolsfeld completed an apprenticeship in foundry tooling architecture and design and studied interior design, with a diploma in Mainz.
    In 2003, he was employed as workshop manager of the university model building workshop. Currently, his main field of activity is the daily business of the model building workshop. He is responsible for machines and assists students.

  • Head of the carpentry workshop

    Master carpenter Dieter Schwantes is head of the woodworking shop. In the subject of furniture construction, he teaches the safe operation of woodworking machines for constructing small furniture. The course is certified by the German Wood and Metal Trade Association. Herr Schwantes is advisor and supervisor in the areas construction of furniture projects and model building. During the semester break, the shop offers extra machine courses for advanced students.
    He has worked as a building and furniture carpenter, organ builder and in a rehabilitation workshop, before being hired by the university in 1992.

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