Cathrin Walczyk

Head of Design Research at Universal Design Studio

About Speaker

Cathrin has worked with Universal Design Studio since 2008 and has been part of the transformation that the company has undergone from a small studio to one of the world’s leading design practices. Appointed Head of Design Research in 2019, she has strengthened her role in developing the studio’s critical thinking as well as addressing the studio’s desire to deepen an integral aspect of its work: Practice-led research that uses design as a testing ground for innovation.

Cathrin’s main focus at Universal has been delivering strong design concepts and strategic visions for a diverse client base across many sectors and scales, ranging from workplace design, retail, residential and hospitality. Key projects have been Tintagel House for The Office Group (amongst others for the same client), J&M Davidson boutique, 100 Liverpool Street, Eastland Melbourne, Hedonism Wines, IBM Munich, and Rimowa Berlin.

At the nexus of research, architecture and strategy her role continues to investigate design within the bigger picture of societal changes and the world as a whole. The recent series of self-initiated projects ‘On Repeat’ (presented at the 2017 London Design Festival) and ‘On Loop’ (an installation at A/D/O by MINI in Brooklyn, New York, in 2019) illustrates the studio’s approach to design research - a rigorous thought model that trickles through from architectural concept to programming.

She studied Architecture at the Technical University in Darmstadt and graduated with distinction in 2005. Cathrin was a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.



17:00 16 September 2020