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Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness

Savannah, United States

Professor of Design for Sustainability and Industrial Design

Member since May 08, 2009

Verena has been teaching courses from the undergraduate to the graduate level at the Savannah College of Art and Design since Fall Quarter 2005. She is the lead faculty author and main developer of the new interdisciplinary Masters and Minor Program 'Design for Sustainability', which included the complete program development for both M.A. and UG Minor as well as a major part of the course work. This new interdisciplinary program will be launched in Fall 2009 at the Savannah campus. She also developed a new course on Sensory Awareness in Industrial Design (graduate and undergraduate level). Verena has been teaching interdisciplinary with architecture and interior design, was involved in several industry sponsored courses, and initiated and founded the ‘Council on Sustainability at SCAD’, which hosted the National Teach-in a second time this year.

Prior to SCAD Verena taught in the United States at The Ohio State University and in Germany at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. She worked at the R&D department at Lear Corporation VisionWorks, Southfield, Michigan participating in concept developments incorporating new technologies into passenger cars. Before coming to the United States Verena worked for the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany developing concepts for improving living of the elderly, she also worked as a freelance designer and as a designer with iDS-Industrial Design Studio Hamburg developing interior designs for Fairchild Dornier 728 Jet.

Verena holds a B.A. in Product and Environmental Design (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany) and an M.F.A. in Industrial Design (The Ohio State University).

Presentations/Lectures • “Sustainability in Art and Design” at the GSTA (Georgia Science Teacher Association) conference February 12-14, 2009, Savannah, GA • “Breaking Sustainability Ground In Art and Design” at the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) conference: “Working Together for Sustainability, on Campus and Beyond”, November 9-11, 2008, Raleigh, NC • Lecture on sustainability at the Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communications Design at The Ohio State University in April 2007.

Publications: Verena Natalie Paepcke, M.F.A. Thesis: 'Tools for Balancing Design: Analysis and Evaluations Methods for Restricted Workspaces' The Ohio State University, 2004

Courses taught at SCAD

Undergraduate Level: IDUS 100 Introduction to Industrial Design; IDUS 215 Contextual Research Methods; IDUS 221 Human Factors in Industrial Design; IDUS 316 Portfolio and Résumé Development; IDUS 321 Industrial Design in the Marketplace; IDUS 355 Sensory Awareness;
IDUS 384 Design for Sustainability; IDUS 402 Prototype Project Construction; IDUS 421 Commercial Practices for Industrial Designers; IDUS 431 Industrial Design Senior Studio; IDUS 490 Special Topics in Industrial Design;

Graduate Level: IDUS 713 Industrial Design Studio 1; IDUS 718 Industrial Design Studio 2; IDUS 729 Industrial Design Studio 3; IDUS 748 Industrial Design M.A. Final Project; IDUS 770 Professional Practices in Industrial Design; IDUS790 Industrial Design M.F.A. Thesis

Courses developed

IDUS 355 Sensory Awareness;

SUST 290 Theories in Eco Stewardship; SUST 308 Foundation of Sustainable Materials; SUST 708 Principles of Sustainable Materials; SUST 713 Interdisciplinary Studio I; SUST 748 Design for Sustainability M.A. Final Project;

USGBC Savannah Chapter member Georgia Conservancy member

Sustainability = Efficiency, Empathy, Existence

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design