Axel Buether was born in Weimar in 1967. He first trained as a stone sculptor and mason, before studying architecture and earning a PhD at the interface of neuropsychology and environmental design. Since then he has realised projects in architecture, design and media art; in 2006 he was elected as chairman of the German Colour Association. From 2006 to 2012 he taught at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle in the field of “Colour Light Space”; in 2012 he took up a professorship for didactics of visual communication at the University of Wuppertal where he still teaches. For the last few years he has also been involved in the largest research project worldwide on the effects of light and colour on the health of patients, the confidence and satisfaction of relatives as well as the motivation and identification of staff. Axel Buether is the author of numerous professional publications on the perception and meaning of colour and is a sought-after expert in the media and in medical research.