Faculty Info


Thomas Dal, Dean, Strate School of Design

Thomas graduated from ISD France in 1999, then joined TREVES, a French automotive manufacturer Head of Innovation and Design  (Europe) for Treves.

In 2008 he took the challenge to Start DSK –ISD Rubika school of design in Pune. After 3 years of running this school successfully, he shifted back to France to be the head of Innovation and design for Decathlon – Newfeel 

All along with his career in both transportation and product design, Thomas ran his own design consultancy and gained experience in space, graphic, and experience design working for multi-nationals.

According to him, a holistic approach and curiosity of both technology and social fields ensure the success of solving most of the challenges of tomorrow.


Mandar Kale, Head of Academics

Mandar is an Electrical Engineer, Industrial Designer, and Design Educator, though currently, he calls himself a design generalist.

A keen observer by nature, design for him is a juggling act of creation, communication, and implementation, with user emotion at the core of all activities.

His current role is building a design school from the ground up and conceptualizing the future generation of designers at Strate School of Design –Bangalore, where he heads the Academic as well as the product design department.

Prior to Strate, Mandar was in a leadership role at ISD – Rubika India, heading an international team of designers to conceive and build conducive and inspiring learning environments. He has been appreciated for his impact on students and his approach to inclusive learning.

As a design coach and teacher for over a decade, he has taught design process, creativity, speculative design, design visualization, and sketch thinking at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

An alumnus of IDC School of Design (IIT BOMBAY), he has worked across various domains including automotive, medical products, lifestyle products, retail environments, FMCG, and point of sale, creating products, services, and experiences.

Mandar resides in Bangalore with his family.

He can be reached at m.kale@strate.design


Edmund Spitz, Head of Transportation Design

Edmund graduated with a Masters’ Degree in Transportation Design Management. He is an Automotive Designer with over a decade in global automotive OEMs and has worked on multiple autonomous vehicle programs for Mercedes-Benz, USA, Germany, and SAIC Innovation Center USA, most notably the 2015 Freightliner Inspiration Autonomous Truck. He is experienced in managing creative teams with award-winning products and established the Bharat Benz Design Studio in India in 2012, growing it to be a key creative team in the Daimler Global Design Network and creating successful products suited for the Domestic market.

He brings to academics a fresh and efficient design methodology honed from his time in the corporate design world. Focusing on equipping the next generation of designers with the ever-evolving design tools and practices.