Since 2001 Philipp Heidkamp is full-time Professor and Chair for Interface Design at the Design Department / KISD of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (CUAS); since its foundation in 2002 he has been the Head of School of the Köln International School of Design (former Design Department) until 2006.
Since 2006, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences of the CUAS and head of the MA Programme “European Design”. In 2008 he became the Head of the new international MA Programme „Integrated Design“ that started in 2009.
The main focus and responsibility for curriculum development and international relations led to cooperational contracts with Universities in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Hongkong, Brasil and South Africa as a basis for an international network. He has been visiting professor for Semiotics, Visual Communication and Interface Design in Spain, Austria, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa and Australia, where he has also been consultant for the development of the academic programme.
Philipp Heidkamp is a speaker on international conferences in Japan, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil. He has been a member of various international design juries (like IF Award, Germany or JDF Award, Japan) and academic examination commitees (Intermedia Austria, HGK Zurich, IVREA Italy).
He is founding Member of DGTF (German Society for Design Theory and Research), and founding Member of FSQ (Research Centre for Software Quality) at the University of Applied Science Cologne. In 2006, he has been co-founder of the international Cultural Library project that has been initiated by the Musashino Art University in Tokyo.
In 1995, he co-founded syntax design, focussing on Interface and Interaction Design. syntax design is realizing projects for a wide range of national and international clients (Bertelsmann, Siemens, T-Online, EXPO 2000, Mc Kinsey, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, German Ministry for Science and Research etc) as well as collaborative media projects with artists.