Born 1966, I studied Set and Costume Design at the university „Mozarteum“ in Salzburg/Austria, finishing 1992 with the „Magister Artium“. After two years as assistant of production designer Rolf Zehetbauer (OSCAR-winner „Cabaret“), I turned to opera and theatre set design, where I gathered experience as assistant of Pet Halmen (set design partner of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and director).

Since 1995, I also established myself as an independent set and costume designer, developing scenography and costumes for great municipal and stately opera houses and theatres. Alongside almost 40 theatrical works (inter alia works of Monteverdi, Händel, Mozart, Offenbach, Wagner, Puccini, Strauss, Henze, Shakespeare, Goethe, Mann), I developed concepts, illustrations and designs for books, fair stands, interiors and hotel architecture. Since 2006, I hold a full professorship for Design at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences; I teach Designing Techniques & Principles, Set Design, Psychology of Aesthetics and History of Interior Architecture. From 2007 to 2009, I was Head of Interior Architecture Dept., from 2009 to 2014 I was appointed to the Board of Directors as Vice-President of the university. Since 2016, I am Dean of Studies of the Design Faculty of my university.

My interests are all matters of mental construction of reality via visual stimuli; creative processes that produce comprehensible bridges between idea and design; systematization and scientific justification of aesthetic strategies; and simply drawing and designing fascinating spaces together with students and team partners.


Recently I was awarded the doctorate in Human Biology at the Medical Faculty of the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. The dissertation on psychology of aesthetics will be re-published in summer 2019 under the title "Metadisziplinäre Ästhetik". 


Heinrich, Michael (2019): Metadisziplinäre Ästhetik. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.


Heinrich, Michael (2019): Ästhetik, Zeitwahrnehmung und Gesundheit. Doctoral dissertation. Munich: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.


Heinrich, Michael (2015): DynamikoMORPH – Wenn Dinge von der Zeit erzählen. In: Strömungen (=Zwischen den Welten, Bd. 2), Eds: Jürgen Krahl, Josef Löffl, ISBN: 978-3-7369-9025-8: 107-142. Göttingen: Cuvillier.


Heinrich, Michael (2016): Designing On Nature’s Terms. The International Journal of Visual Design, 10-1: 19-40. Champaign: Common Ground.


Heinrich, Michael (2015): Szenografie: Der lebendige Raum. AIT, 6.2015, BDIA Impulse. Stuttgart: Verlagsanstalt Alexander Koch


Heinrich, Michael (2014): The Hidden Appeal. Anthropomorphic, Biomorphic and Narrative Aspects of Visual Perception in Spatial Arts, Architecture & Design. ATINER Visual and Performing Arts Paper Series, ART2014-1100 (2014). Athens: Atiner Conference Papers.


Heinrich, Michael (2013): Gedanken zur Ästhetik des Bühnenbilds. In: Landestheater Coburg, Programmheft 2012/2013 GH14, Dorian Gray: 12-23. Coburg: Landestheater Coburg.


Heinrich, Michael (2007): Form für Menschen. In: RaumBrand 14 (2007): 20. München: Wenger Wittmann/Süddeutscher Verlag.


Heinrich, Michael (2004): Kulturträger Staat -Kulturträger Wirtschaft: Symbiose aus der Balance? In: Europäisches Forum Alpbach, Kultur und Wirtschaft (2004). Wien: Studienverlag.    


born in Munich



– University of Arts "Mozarteum", Salzburg

– Diploma & Magister Artium



– assistant of Rolf Zehetbauer (Bavaria Film       Studios, Munich)

– employee of Bavarian Broadcast Corporation


since 1993

– sets & costumes for opera & drama* at various state & municipal opera houses throughout Germany & Europe**

– graphic design, illustration, interior architecture (e.g. BMW, Skoda, Dallmayr, Niederegger, Falkensteiner Hotel Group, Leise)



– lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

– lectures at the Universities Coburg & Rosenheim


since 2006

– full professorship at Coburg University of Applied Sciences & Arts



– Head of Interior Architectur Dept.



– Vice President for Communicatons, Health & Culture, Coburg University


since 2016

– Dean of Studies, Design Faculty


since 2017

– Expert Spokesman Culture Forum,

Nuremberg Metropolitan Region



– Dissertation and Doctorate in Human Biology (Psychological Aesthetics, supervisor Ernst Poeppel) at the Medical Faculty, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

Sophokles, Shakespeare, Monteverdi, Händel, Mozart, Marivaux, Goethe, Lortzing, Offenbach, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Debussy, Tschaikowski, Henze, Brecht, Tabori, Mann, Thomas, Wallace, Vilar, Pohl


** Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Wiener Festwochen, Landestheater Salzburg, Teatro Bellini Catania, Aalto-Theater Essen, Théatre de l’ Opéra de Nice, Oper Leipzig, Meininger Theater, Landestheater Coburg, Konzertdirektion Landgraf, Ernst-Deutsch-Theater Hamburg, Theater Halberstadt, Landestheater Detmold, Theater Hagen, Museum Mozart-Wohnhaus Salzburg, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Staatstheater Darmstadt, „Weimar - Kulturhauptstadt Europas 1999“, Antikenfestspiele Trier), Theater Regensburg


Prof. Dr. Michael Heinrich