Ruedi Baur was born in Paris In 1956 and spent his childhood in France. He trained as a graphic designer with Michael Baviera in Zurich, Switzerland. On qualifying, the Franco-Swiss designer returned to France, founding his first studio in Lyon in the early 80s. Initially, he focused on cultural projects, principally designing visual concepts for museums. Baur developed a parallel activity of curating design exhibitions, first with the Project Gallery then Design at la Maison du livre, de l’image et du son (the House of Books, Image and Sound- in Villeurbanne.
Ruedi Baur has lectured on transdisciplinary design in several design colleges since 1987. From 1989 to 1996 he coordinated the design department at the Lyon School of Fine Art. In 1995 he was appointed lecturer at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, running its Education Board from 1997 to 2000. He created the Design2context Institute at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, which he has directed with Stefanie-Vera Kockot and Clemens Bellut from 2004 to 2011, then the institute for critical research in design and the ‘Civic City’ network. Baur lectures at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, at the Luxun Academy in Shenjang in China and the Central Academy of Arts in Beijing, and at the Percé International School, which is linked to the University of Laval in Quebec. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Laval, Quebec, in 2007. As a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 1992, he participates in workshops and in judging panels.