Founder, The Department of Seaweed
Prof. Julia Lohmann PhD (RCA), born in Hildesheim, Germany, in 1977
• 2018 Professorship of Practice in Contemporary Design, Aalto University, Helsinki
• 2017 PhD in Innovation Design Engineering, Royal College of Art, UK
• Founder/Director, Julia Lohmann Design
• Founder, The Department of Seaweed e.V.
• External Examiner, UAL Central Saint Martins MA Material Futures, London, UK
Maggots. Sheep stomachs. Seaweed. German-born designer and researcher Julia Lohmann investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna.
She is professor of Practice in Contemporary Design at Aalto University, Helsinki, where she also lives with her family.
Julia studied at the Royal College of Art, where she has also taught and completed an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD scholarship between the RCA and the Victoria &Albert Museum.
As designer in residence at the V&A in 2013, she founded the Department of Seaweed, an interdisciplinary community of practice exploring the sustainable development of seaweed as a design material.
She has been external examiner on the Central Saint Martins MA Material Futures. Julia Lohmann’s work is part of major public and private collections worldwide and has received awards, bursaries and support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the British Council, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, D&AD, Stanley Picker Gallery,Arts Foundation, WellcomeTrust and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.