Peter Purgathofer


Peter Purgathofer is associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Informatics, at the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology, Human-Computer Interaction group. His research centers around questions of the interplay between design and (software) development, especially the role and place of design in software engineering. also, he’s working in the field of ‘informatics and society’.

Since 2007, he’s coordinator for the ‘media informatics’ master program at vienna university of technology. Since early 2005 i am associate professor for interactive systems. His habilitation discusses history, theory and practice of design methodology, focussed on the design of interactive software.

He’s (co-)winner of an award of distinction at the Prix Ars Electronica 2000 in the category .net, together with Erich Berger and Volker Christian (and many others) for the project Telezone.

He majored in informatics in Vienna, and have since focused on the issue of design within informatics. In the course of his work he founded and led the uid-lab, a cooperation with GP Design Partners, where we worked on numerous national and international design projects between 1996 and 2004. among the clients were Ars Electronica Center, the CD-Labor für Software Research and the german Sparkassen-Informatikzentrum. uid-lab has spun off into a design enterprise and is now part of GP Design Partners.