Victor J. Papanek Archive

Victor J. Papanek Archive

The Victor J. Papanek archive consists of a diverse range of materials reflecting the work and life of Victor Papanek. The archive includes photographs, drawings, documents and objects, ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s relating to the course of Papanek’s successful career as a designer, teacher and author and is accompanied by an extensive library covering a diverse range of themes and topics. The material provides insight into Papanek’s concepts and theories, his working processes and approach to design from the perspective of social responsibility.

Access to Archive


The Papanek Foundation archive is not open to the general public, but does welcome qualified guest researchers by appointment only for specifically identified research purposes. All appointments must be requested in writing and reservations should be made as much in advance as possible, as study space is limited. The archive is open on Thursdays and Fridays during the University semester calendar for these appointments. All requests for access should include full name, address, telephone number, institutional affiliation, basic research outline and reason for request.

Email requests:

Mail requests:
Victor J. Papanek Foundation
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Oskar Kokoschka Platz 2
1010 Vienna

Access to Library

The Papanek library is open for readers on Friday mornings from 9.00-12.00pm by email appointment during the University semester. Please email in advance of the requested date with the information regarding the book/s you would like to consult. The archivist will confirm your appointment via reply email.

As the Papanek Library is an archival library books are not available for borrowing or photocopying. We kindly request that general readers, particularly those who wish to photocopy material, firstly consult the general lending libraries for availability of their requested items.


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University of Applied Arts Vienna

Oskar Kokoschka Platz 2

1010 Vienna, Austria


Image: Pill Safe designed by Wendell Wilson as a student of Kansas City Art Institute under the direction of Victor Papanek. In Design For The Real World, Second Revised Edition, 1984. © Papanek Foundation.