Anke Nienhuis

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Academic appointments:

  • Lecturer, AUT (2016 - ongoing)
  • Curriculum Leader, AUT, School of Art & Design (2018 - ongoing)


  • BA, Design Academy Eindhoven
  • MA, Domus Acadamy, Milano


Anke Nienhuis is a freelance designer and lecturer in product design. She gained qualifications in Industrial Design at The Design Academy, Eindhoven (BA) and at Domus Academy, Milan (MA). While based in Milan, Anke worked for firms such as Design Continuum and Matteo Thun, while concurrently teaching design workshops at Domus Academy. She spent a brief but extremely interesting period in Tokyo, working for Fujitsu, but came back to Italy and later established her own design studio in Milan. After arriving in New Zealand, she first worked as an in-house designer for various companies including Orca, Anne Geddes, and Philips Selecon. Besides working as a freelance designer, Anke also taught Design Studio at Unitec for many years.

Anke currently holds a position as Curriculum Leader and Lecturer in Industrial Design at Auckland University of Technology. She values innovation and originality, while always considering people and the planet. Anke encourages her students to create meaningful things that make positive changes where they are needed most.

Research interests:

Anke's research is focused on sustainability, circular economies and the reuse of waste materials.

Teaching summary:

2015-now. Studio teaching at AUT; PRDD502, 601, 602, 701 and 702.
2015-now. Theory papers at AUT: PRDD503 Design Context 1
2004-2015. Studio teaching at Unitec; 1st, 2nd and 3rd year.

Research outputs:

Creative works

Conference contributions

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