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The Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen appoints Joost Grootens as Professor of Artistic Research in Visual Design

We congratulate Joost Grootens with joining the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen as a professor of artistic research in visual design.

For ACPA this means Joost is leaving the PhDArts programme as assistant professor. But we are happy he will still be part of the ACPA community. We thank him wholeheartedly for his endeavours at ACPA and the PhDArts programme and wish him all the best in this new chapter.

Joost Grootens is an internationally recognized graphic designer, educator and researcher. In recent years his studio has designed books, ranging from atlases to the new Dutch bible translation NBV21, exhibition graphics for amongst others artist Sissel Tolaas's recent show in Astrup Fearnley Museet Oslo, identities, like the one for Futures Cities Laboratory Singapore, and websites, for amongst others an academic research project at ETH Zurich. Next to his design practice Joost has been the head of the Information Design master at Design Academy Eindhoven since 2011, a position he will leave at the end of this academic year to focus on the professorship in Copenhagen and his design practice.

In April 2020 Joost received his doctorate with the thesis Blind Maps and Blue Dots: the blurring of the producer–user divide in the production of visual information at PhDArts. After receiving his doctorate, Grootens took on the role of university lecturer at ACPA/Leiden University and co-supervisor at the PhDArts programme.

"I have been actively involved in PhDArts for the past seven years, first as a candidate and later as lecturer and co-supervisor. It is a very special and generous programme that I am grateful to have been part of," says Joost Grootens. "At the same time, I look forward to further developing and exploring visual design and artistic research as intersecting fields, together with the students at the Royal Danish Academy."


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