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Martin Prettenthaler




Martin Prettenthaler studied architecture and industrial engineering at the Technical University in Graz. Afterwards he worked in various architectural offices in Graz and after passing the civil engineering examination he was awarded the professional title of architect in 2004. He regularly takes part in design competitions, which have also been honored with prizes. Since 2008 he is a member of the Chamber of Civil Engineers in Styria and Carinthia.
In addition to his work as a freelance architect and designer, he teaches Design Basics, Design History and Design Management at the Industrial Design course. As part of his work at the Industrial Design course, he regularly organizes exhibitions and symposia on the subject of design. Under the title "Design Mail" the best works of the students were published.

Since 2016 he has been project manager of the Wood C.A.R. research project at FH JOANNEUM. The aim of the project is to increase the use of wood as a structural component in automotive engineering. Around twenty partners from industry and the university environment are working intensively together on this cooperative research. The partner companies are located in Austria and Germany.

Martin Prettenthaler lives with his wife Julia and his two children in Graz.



Design Basics - From Ideas to Products (English version)

Gerhard Heufler, Michael Lanz, Martin Prettenthaler

Verlag: Niggli, Salenstein, Schweiz, English, 248 Pages, 400 Images

ISBN 978-3-7212-0988-4


Design Basics - Von der Idee zum Produkt

Gerhard Heufler, Michael Lanz, Martin Prettenthaler

Verlag: Niggli, Salenstein, Schweiz, German, 248 Pages, 400 Images, 5th edition

ISBN 978-3-7212-0989-1

Design Basics is a comprehensive introduction to industrial design. A precise explanation of design processes and product characteristics. The central theme is product design in the field of tension between consumer, producer and designer.

DESIGN MAIL (2016 - 2018)

A total of 105 issues of the journal "Design Mail" have been published so far. In this journal, the designs of the students, which were created in the Industrial Design course, have been documented.

Medium: Folding poster, Format: A1/A4, German/English, 16 Pages, Own publishing house

Editorial office und design: Martin Prettenthaler


Design Mail Nr. 103 Wood C.A.R. Research

Design Mail Nr. 104 Siemens Home Appliances Design Award 2018

Design Mail Nr. 105 Rosenbauer – The Future of Airport Fire Fighting


Design Mail Nr. 99 BMW Automated Driving

Design Mail Nr. 100 Master Theses 2016

Design Mail Nr. 101 Philips – Cooking with Air

Design Mail Nr. 102 Baufritz – Room Dividers and Furniture Systems


Design Mail Nr. 95 Sports and Safety

Design Mail Nr. 96 Schredder of the Future

Design Mail Nr. 97 MAN High Efficiency Coach

Design Mail Nr. 98 Yacht of the Future