M.A. (University of Vienna); M.St.; Ph.D. (University of Oxford)
Prof. Dr. Schmidt is an interior designer, heritage consultant and historian with a focus on cultural history as well as design and interior architecture. Her academic expertise in design history provides the basis for her work as an interior design practitioner: She specializing in the interior design of historic houses and palaces and re-interprets historical principles of design in a contemporary setting. She has 18 years of international work experience in interior design, the heritage sector and education in Asia, Europe and North America and graduated from the Universities of Oxford and Vienna with distinction. Her expertise involves research, interior design, teaching as well as public speaking, management in higher education as well as the development and promotion of historic houses and historic sites.
At Oxford she was Sir Michael Wills Senior Scholar, completed her studies in cultural history with a doctorate and worked as a tutor. At Cambridge University she enrolled in Building History funded with a grant by English Heritage. Dr. Mimi Schmidt does independent interior design projects and also worked as a project manager in interior design studios listed as the leading interior design studios in the world in Andrew Martin's International Interior Design Review.
Passionate about education she has given lectures in interior design, design studies, aesthetics and cultural history in Europe, North America and Asia at museums, public events and universities (Columbia University, Harvard University, Oxford University, Max-Planck-Institute, the Hebrew University and at the Institute for Advanced Study, London University, where she was a prize lecturer). She has been offered distinguished posts as visiting scholar from various institutions including Harvard University.
Dr. Mimi has published articles in academic journals as well as in newspapers and magazines like the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Architectural Digest and More than Classic.
In her spare time she is a pianist and singer, an animal rights activist and takes a keen interest in preservation, classical architecture, New Urbanism and Asian art. While At Oxford she was selected for the Blues Team in ballroom dancing and was active in rowing.