The Foundation

The Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna, seeks to advance the understanding of design from the perspective of social responsibility. It supports design as an innovative and creative practice with the potential to transform societies and enhance human well-being. Inspired by Papanek’s critical and cross-cultural approach to design culture, the Foundation furthers an inclusive and socially-informed approach to contemporary design.

The Papanek Foundation initiates, organises and hosts symposia and the Victor J. Papanek Lecture. The Foundation holds at its centre the archive and library of Papanek’s working life.

In an era in which good design is arguably still the least present where it is most needed, the Foundation’s principle aim is to uphold the role of designers as crucial mediators of humanist ideals.