Background and activities

About Associate Professor André Liem:

Associate professor André Liem has been teaching at the Department of Product Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology since January 2005. He has PhD in Ergonomics from the University of Lorraine and an MSc in Industrial Design Engineering from TU Delft.

Prior to his engagement at NTNU, Dr. Liem has previously taught and developed the Industrial Design programs at two institutions; the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanayang Polytechnic (Singapore)

Research interests include design process and methodology, design education, Strategic Design & Management and Design Thinking.

In terms of design practice, he has also undertaken design consultancy projects in the Netherlands, U.K., U.S.A. and Singapore. He also holds an advisory position at Designinsight, an Industrial Design Consultancy in Singapore.

Dr. Liem has also published widely in conferences and journals such as International Journal of Product Development  , Design & Technology, Journal of Usability Studies, Journal of Design Research, Travail Humain, etc.


Currently, Dr. Liem has 3 PhD candidates under his supervision, undertaking research in "Jewellery Design  Practices", "Geometry and form Development Development" and "Prototyping and Co-creation". In 2012, he graduated a PhD candidate in the field of Practice-based Design Thinking for Form Development and Detailing

Dr. Liem also coordinates and teaches the following courses:

  • TPD 4129 Systems Design
  • TPD 4166 Strategic Design
  • TPD 4142 Design Thinking
  • TPD 4260 Design and Entrepreneurship
  • TPD 4195 Design Studies
  • TPD 4505 Design theory / Specialisation Course- Strategic Design, Design Thinking, Design & Business, Social Innovation
  • TPD 4500 specialisation Project - Strategic Design, Design Thinking, Design & Business, Social Innovation
  • TPD 4900 Masteroppgaver - Strategic Design, Design Thinking, Design & Business, Social Innovation


On-going Research Projects

EU - Erasmus+ "Future Planners Fostering Human-centred Urban Planning through Real and Effective Public Consultation" (FUTURE PLANNERS), KA205-6776E21F

EU -Erasmus+ "Youths´Creative Solutions for Placemaking for Encounters at Children´s Playgrounds (PLACE FOR PLAY), KA220-YOU-Cooperation partnership in youth

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications