Veronica Ranner is a designer,
artist and researcher living and working in London.






Veronica's work sits on the interstices of emerging (bio-)technologies, bio-fabrication, biodesign, systems design, speculative and critical design (SCD) and aims to understand and develop new roles for designers.

She currently pursues an AHRC funded PhD at the Royal College of Art (Creative Exchange) and holds a Visiting Scientist position with SilkLab at Tufts University in Boston (MA, USA), examining the burgeoning domain of the bio-digital — a converging knowledge space where computational thinking meets biological matter. Her work and research explores the polyphonic potential of bio-digital configurations through speculative critical design. In doing so she probes the current perception and understanding of speculative critical design (SCD), to expand its democratising potential, and to foster constructive criticality between design, science and technology, and society.

Veronica holds degrees in Industrial Design from Pforzheim University, a Masters in Design Interactions from the RCA, and has worked on trans-disciplinary projects with a range of science institutions and biomedical companies.



Veronica Ranner
Royal College of Art
Creative Exchange PhD Lab
Kensington Gore
SW7 2EU London


High resolution images for press purposes can be provided upon request.

Her work is frequently exhibited internationally, such as the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Science Gallery in Dublin, the China Technology Museum in Beijing, at Ventura Lambrate in Milan, the French Design Biennale in St. Etienne, and most recently, at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden.

She frequently teaches and lectures internationally and is founder of the AHRC-funded Polyphonic Futures project — a design-science research platform that cross-connects experts with the public.



2012– (present) Ph.D. Candidate
Royal College of Art

2009– 11 MA Design Interactions (with Distinction)
Royal College of Art (under Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby)  

2004– 08 Diplom Industrial Designer (FH) (5/5)
Pforzheim University


A full CV can be provided upon request.


CURRENT affiliation

2012– (present)
Royal College of Art, Ph.D. candidate
The Creative Exchange Lab (CX)
Funded by a full AHRC Doctoral Award

Sep 2014– (present)
Visiting Scientist

Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA

2012– now
Guest lecturing and teaching
at various academic institutions worldwide, such as Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins, London, Tufts University, Boston, Zurich University of the Arts, and Parsons New School for Design, New York.  ⟶ see TEACHING.

2014– (now)
Member of the Design Research Society

May 2014– Jun 2015
Conference Experience Chair for DRS 2016

(Together with Dr Dan Lockton)




AHRC Travel grant

Design Research Conference (DRS 2014), Umeå, Sweden

Honoree, Core 77 Design Awards
Category Speculative Design, New York, USA

2012– 16
AHRC Doctoral Award
Arts and Humanities Research Council, London, UK

Winner of the 1st Alfred- Kärcher- Award

Alfred Kärcher GmbH, Germany

Nominee, Future of Ourselves Award
Helen Hamlyn Design Centre, London, London, UK

Shortlisted/ Runner-up
BIO:Fiction, Science & Art Filmfestival, Vienna, Austria

Royal College of Art Bursary
Royal College of Art, UK

2009– 11
Stipend for artistic development

Claus und Brigitte Meyer Stiftung, Germany

2009– 11
Stipend for artistic development
Alfred Kärcher GmbH, Germany

Royal College of Art Bursary
Royal College of Art, UK

Grant for artistic development
Vereinigte Stiftungen Pforzheim, Germany

Scholarship award for outstanding degree work
Pforzheim University, Germany

Scholarship award for pioneer–minded work

Heinrich- Blanc- Foundation, Germany