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Three questions for: Alexander Roidl

Alexander Roidl, Tandem Professor (Photo by Melanie Billian)

Alexander Roidl teaches in a teaching and research professorship (Tandem-Professur) of Media IT in Communication Design in the School of Design. He was appointed to Mainz University of Applied Sciences in March 2022.

Mr. Roidl, what prompted you to switch to Mainz University of Applied Sciences?
The tandem professorship is a new concept at Mainz University of Applied Sciences and offers the opportunity to work both in teaching and in the applied cultural area. For me, that means the chance to grow my experience in teaching while simultaneously being involved in the practical side of things. At Mainz University of Applied Sciences, I was particularly attracted by the work produced by students and my colleagues from the Department of Communication Design. In addition to teaching at the university, I work at NODE, Verein zur Förderung digitaler Kultur. NODE prides itself in being a cultural force in Frankfurt, with a large network and exciting, exploration-driven work in design and the arts.

What do you find most appealing about your new position?
Along with the combination of teaching, research and applied work, I find the large variety of content particularly interesting. The position allows me to work on and research contemporary topics in the field of design with students. Exchanging ideas with colleagues and various institutions results in an exciting field that is very active, interdisciplinary and open thanks to exhibitions/presentations/workshops. The position provides the freedom to experiment, collaborate, explore, test, and define new formats.
I also find it interesting to establish new links between NODE and Mainz University of Applied Sciences, to explore possibilities of exchange and to bring students in contact with the cultural, artistic arena in Frankfurt. These connections and the additional reflection on content from design make for a very exciting place to work.

What topic would you like to exchange ideas with students on in a casual setting?
That is something that the students should be able to determine first and foremost. I find it particularly exciting when topics are raised and addressed by the students themselves. Within our School, it’s mainly about the tools we’ll be using in the future, how technologies will be designed, and the role of coding in design. Alongside subject-specific topics, however, I find it particularly interesting to talk about collectivity, taking initiatives on our own, or collaborations at the university.


Under the title Three questions for, newly appointed professors are introduced in a loosely-structured series. The following articles have already appeared in the Three questions for series (only available in German):