Fritz Frenkler


Former professor of Industrial Design
TUM School of Engineering and Design

born May 5, 1954


Scientific work

Prof. Frenkler studied industrial design at the Academy of Fine Arts (HBK) in Braunschweig. He worked for frogdesign in Germany and the US and was managing director of frogdesign Asia in Tokyo. He headed the company wiege Wilkhahn Entwicklungsgesellschaft and worked as head designer for Deutsche Bahn AG. In 2000, he founded f/p design germany gmbh with offices in Munich and Berlin and opened a representative office in Kyoto, Japan in 2013. The ongoing success led to the founding of  the subsidiary f/p design in 2019 as an independent subsidiary of f/p design gmbh.
He was made an honorary professor at HBK Braunschweig in 2004. In 2006, he was appointed full professor of the newly-created Chair of Industrial Design at TUM. Fritz Frenkler is a regional advisor of the ICSID and has been jury chairman of the iF product design awards for several years. Since 2018, he is a founding member of the iF Design Foundation, Hanover

Since 2013, Fritz Frenkler is member of the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts) Berlin, section for architecture. As of October 2020, he was awarded the title of TUM Emeritus of Excellence.

Since 2000 , Fritz Frenkler has won a total of 63 international design awards, including 10 Gold Design Awards. For his achievements in the field of design, he received prizes such as the IF Product Design Award, the G-Mark Good Design Award or the Red Dot Product Design Award.


Awards (selection)

  • Braun Prize, Kronberg, Deutschland (1983)
  • Compasso d'Oro, Mailand, Italien (1998)
  • G-Mark, Tokyo, Japan (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009)
  • iF Product Design Award, Hannover, Deutschland (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010)
  • The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, Chicago, USA (1996, 1999, 2000)

Explanations of prizes and honours can be found here (pdf-file to download 215 KB).


Key publications

Frenker F: „The Report. Industrial Design at the Technial University of Munich", 2020
                published as pdf at mediaTUM

Frenkler F: „Das Design macht oft den Unterschied“. Logistik heute. 2010; 4: 42.

Frenkler F: „Nahverkehr und Design“. Der Nahverkehr. 2009; 12: 8-9.

Frenkler F: „Marketingdesign vs. Markendesign“. Architecture Preview. 2008; 2: 17-19.

Frenkler F: „Design + Architektur“. BDA Jahrbuch 2006.2007. 2007: 18-25.

Frenkler F: „Computer Aided Design im Industrial Design“. Diplomarbeit an der HBK-Braunschweig, 1983