Jan Eckert is a Design Educator and Researcher at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts where he currently works as Head of the Master Program in Design. He has a PhD in Design Sciences from IUAV University of Venice and an international Master’s Degree in Interior Architectural Design from the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart, the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lugano. Before, he studied Interior Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Eckert first worked as Interior Architect in the field of Retail and Exhibition Design. As a Senior Researcher at Lucerne’s Competence Center for Typology & Planning in Architecture, he then started developing human centered methods and projects in the field of Workplace Design. He was a co–lecturer in Interior Architecture at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, a visiting lecturer in Design at IUAV University of Venice, Berne University of the Arts as well as an invited lecturer at Universidad del Este, La Plata, Universidad Blas Pascal, Argentina and Izmir University of Economics, Turkey. In his doctoral thesis, he describes a concept he calls Handlungsspielraum. This concept embraces physical and digital artifacts that provide a specifically designed gap or space that allows users room to interpret how artifacts may be used. Based upon this concept and together with the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF he developed the prototype of today’s ski touring application called White Risk Mobile.

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