Organisation and management

Design School Kolding is an independent institution with its own board of directors and a board of representatives made up of a number of designers and representatives from the industry. The programmes are under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. Design School Kolding is headed by the Rector, who is employed by and refers to the school’s board of directors, who have overall responsibility for the school. The board of directors is made up of elected members of the board of representatives, all of whom have professional design or industrial experience. The management of the school is undertaken by the school’s heads of department – the Prorector, the Head of Administration, the Head of Education, the Head of Research – and the Rector. In the day-to-day management of Design School Kolding, the Rector is assisted by the management team/rectorate.

Management team/Rectorate

  • Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen, Rector
  • Lone Dalsgaard, Prorector
  • Anne-Mette Hummel Holm, Head of Operations
  • Peter Barker, Head of Education and Head of Industrial Design
  • Anne Louise Bang, Appointed Head of Research


Board of Directors

The board of directors of Design School Kolding is made up of elected members of the school’s board of representatives.

External representatives

  • Per Hjuler, Senior Vice President, Lego (Chairman)
  • Jane Sandberg, Director, Museum Director, Post & Tele Museum Danmark
  • Sanna Lindberg, Brand Manager, Cos UK
  • Otto Ottosen, Member of the Regional Council
  • Merete Due Paarup, Member of the City Council, Kolding Municipality

Internal representatives

  • Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen, Rector
  • Anne-Mette Hummel Holm, Head of Administration
  • Lone Dalsgaard André, Prorector
  • Peter Barker, Head of Education and Industrial Design
  • Anne Louise Bang, Head of Research ad interim
  • Philip Jensen, Student Council
  • Ditte Krogsgaard, Student Council

The Board of Representatives

Design School Kolding’s board of representatives elects the school’s board of directors and constitutes a forum for contact and debate in support of the school’s development. The board of representatives is comprised of members appointed from various professional fields of practice and institutions.

Appointed by Design Denmark

  • Abelone Varming, Vice Chairman, Design Denmark
  • Rune Kirt, Architect and Partner, Kirt Thomsen
  • Simon Skafdrup, Founding Partner and CEO 3PART

Appointed by the Danish Arts and Crafts Association

  • Hans Christian Asmussen, Owner,
  • Thomas Holst Madsen, Industrial Designer and Founder of ModellerBox

Appointed by the Region of Southern Denmark

  • Otto Ottosen, Member of the Regional Council (board member)

Appointed by Kolding Municipality

  • Merete Due Paarup, Member of the City Council, Kolding Municipality (board member)

Appointed by the Danish Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

  • Niels Kastrup, Co-owner, Randers + Radius

Appointed by the Confederation of Danish Industry

  • Per Hjuler, Senior Vice President, Lego (Chairman of the board of directors and the board of representatives)
  • Mads Nipper, CEO, Grundfos
  • Jonas Smedegaard Buus, Designit
  • Thomas Graversen, CEO, Fredericia Furniture A/S

Appointed by the Danish Academic Architects’ Association 

  • Jane Sandberg, Director, Museum Director Post & Tele Museum Danmark (board member)

Appointed by Dansk Fashion & Textiles

  • Morten Dybro, Head of Sales and Development, Dansih Fashion & Textiles

Appointed by the IT industry

  • Mogens Sejer Iversen, CEO, Mediaworkers

Appointed by the Manufacturer Association

  • Per Rosendahl, Director, Kongo Interactive

Appointed by the Confederation of Danish Enterprise

  • Mikkel Jespersen, Partner and CEO, 1508

Appointed by the Organisation of Danish Museums

  • Berit Anne Larsen, Head of Communication, National Gallery of Denmark

Appointed by Danish Entrepreneurs' Association

  • Frederikke Antonie Schmidt, Founder and Creative Director, roccamore

Appointed by the board of directors

  • Sanna Lindberg, Brand Manager, Cos UK
  • Member will be appointed beginning of 2017

Core values

Values: Social inclusion, sustainability, cultural diversity.

Vision: Design School Kolding is an international talent workshop for the cultivation of Danish Design.

Goal: Design School Kolding is a self-governing institution of further learning under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. It educates designers at Bachelor, Master’s and PhD levels based on the triple knowledge base: Research, artistic development work and practice. The Bachelor course is in Danish, the Master’s course is in English.

Mission: Sustainable Futures is the goal for the educational, research and artistic development work at Design School Kolding. We give practical examples of how design can be used as an aesthetic and strategic tool in the change process in which society, business and democracy find themselves. We develop holistic solutions which allow more people to develop their full potential: to be creative.

Strategic focus areas: Sustainability, welfare, play.


Design research
In 2010, Design School Kolding was granted the status of research-based education, and has a research and educational structure following the principles of the Bologna Declaration. The development of the programme and the construction of a design research environment are key tasks for the school in the coming years, as society and industry are making ever greater demands on the designers being trained. Designers must be able to understand and engage in increasingly complex contexts both societally and production-wise.

Cooperation with industry
Cooperation with Danish and foreign industry is a cornerstone of Design School Kolding’s strategy. The school is committed to continuously building and maintaining good relations with industry. Representatives of the Confederation of Danish Industries and the design industry sit on the school’s board of representatives and board of directors, and thus directly participate in discussions regarding the aims and content of the programme. The school works continuously to develop its close cooperation relations with industry. The school’s increased efforts with regard to major development projects, business partnerships and internships have raised far greater awareness of the innovative potential of the programme internally and externally, and a much broader employment perspective.

International collaborations
Internationally, Design School Kolding is assuming a leading position. The school is part of the well-run cooperation network in the Nordic countries and the EU, and also has cooperation agreements with various design schools outside the EU. To ensure that Design School Kolding continues to develop, and can measure up to the best, it is a strategic area for the school to continuously nurture and develop international contacts, networks and partnerships, and benchmark the school’s programmes with some of the world’s best design schools.

Danish design and Danish design education continue to enjoy a high level of international recognition – something a representative of the design education meets in the programme’s EU network as well as in the design community in Europe and China. In an increasingly tough global competition, design and innovation are key competitive parameters in Denmark today and in the future, which naturally places focus on improving the quality of the design education.