ABOUT MASTER
INTRODUCTION:

Mathis Heller is an automotive and product designer with 25 years of experience and with studios in Amsterdam and Shanghai. His products received countless international design awards, including the Red Dot ‘best of the best’ Award and the iF Design Award Gold.

After receiving a masters degree at the University of Art and Design, Burg Giebichenstein, he spent several years working in Munich, Germany for clients such as BMW, Ford, MAN Truck and Bus and Siemens. Later Prof. Mathis Heller was chief designer at one of the leading design agencies of The Netherlands.

Since 2011 Mathis Heller is Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and Master of Automotive and Industrial Design at the Detao Masters Academy Shanghai, where his Asian studio is located. Since 2014 he is Vice Dean of the China Industrial Design Association - Detao Innovation Institute. Recently he was appointed State Foreign High-End Expert of China.

Heller is also jury member of several international design awards, including the iF Student Design Award and the Car and Driver 10Best Award and columnist for several car magazines.

POSITIONS:

2015 – Present
High-end State Foreign Expert of China
at Foreign Expert Bureau Fujian province

2014 – Present
Deputy Dean
at CIDA - DETAO Innovation Institute

2013 – Present
Co-Owner, Director
at Detao Design Studio Mathis Heller, Shanghai

2013 – Present
Owner, Director
at Design Studio Mathis Heller, Amsterdam

2011 – Present
Detao Master of Automotive & Industrial Design
at Beijing DeTao Masters Academy, Shanghai

2011 – Present
Professor of Automotive & Industrial Design
at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA), Fudan University

2011 – Present
Guest Lecturer
at PKU Beijing University, Tongshi University, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shandong JiaoTong University, Beijing Institute of Fine Arts, SIVA Shanghai Institute of Visual Art

2012
Guest Lecturer
at University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Netherlands

2000 – 2015
Chief Designer
at WeLL Design, Netherlands

1994 – 2000
Automotive Designer
at Digitalform Industrial Design, Munich, Germany

1994 – 1995
Automotive Intern Designer
at MAN Bus & Truck, Munich, Germany

AWARDS:

+ Red Dot Award 2009 - Best of the Best
+ Red Dot Award 2011
+ iF product design award 2005
+ iF product design award 2006
+ iF product design award 2008
+ iF product design award 2009
+ iF product design award 2009
+ iF product design award 2011 - GOLD
+ iF product design award 2012
+ A’Design Award 2016 - Bronze
+ GIO Award 2011
+ GIO Award 2011 SPECIAL 'DESIGN'
+ GIO Award 2010
+ GIO Award 2010
+ GIO Award 2009 - Good Industrial Design (NL)
+ GIO Award 2009 - Special "Ergonomics" 2009
+ Plus X Award "Design" 2009
+ Plus X Award "Design" 2010
+ Design Award of Germany, 2006, nominee
+ Design Award of Germany, 2009, nominee
+ German Design Award, 2013, nominee
+ German Design Award, 2014, special mention
+ VOLVO sports design award 2006, nominee
+ Dutch Design Award 2005, selection
+ Dutch Design Award 2005, selection
+ Dutch Design Award 2009, finalist
+ Dutch Design Award 2011, finalist
+ "Gouden Noot"- Dutch Packaging Award 2010
+ Innovation Award 2006, EPCA
+ Innovation Award 2006, bike fair FietsRAI, Amsterdam

JURY MEMBER:

iF Student Design Award
A'Design Award, Italy
Canton Fair Design Award, Guangzhou
Design Intelligence Award, Hangzhou
Successful Design Award, Shanghai
Car and Driver Magazine's 10Best Awards
Car and Driver Magazine's Most Beautiful Car of the Year Award

EDUCATION:

1990-1995
University of Art and Design, Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany,
Industrial Design, MA