Maziar Raein is an Associate Professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). He holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and an MA in Independent Film from St.Martin’s School of Art (later known as CSM). His film work include; Underwater Productions which specialized in arts documentaries and short dramas with commissions from Channel 4 and F.4 Films which made I Used To Be In Pictures.
He later founded Codex Design were he was responsible for the branding and identity of many businesses, amongst them Lastminute.com. His company specialised in developing identities and distilling them into brands. Before moving to Oslo, he taught on the BA Graphics course at CSM, were he was Head of the Context programme. He has published and worked on projects that focus on the positive aspects of visual and spatial ability, reflective practice and methodology. Moreover, he was a regular contributor to Graphics magazine, as well as having works published in; Typographics, Eye magazine etc. On moving to Oslo he established the MA Design course at KHiO, setting up a number of research forums that focused on the development of teaching and learning in design.
He was also founding partner in Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing-PAD) – alongside Julia Lockheart, which was recognised as a landmark research project by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE-FDTL) in developing models of writing creatively in art & design – Writing PAD went on to establish the Journal of Writing in Creative Practices. More recently, he has become the Director of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts Typographic Archive researching the role of typographic archives. His current research projects include Radical Interpretations – a research programme that seeks to reinterpret iconic musical works for percussion, within the context of audience engagement. He is also a Senior Advisor in Research to the Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE).