After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker Tim Oelker studied product-design at the »Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg«. Since 2001 he runs his own office and since 2006 he has been teaching product-design at universities and academies in Berlin, Hanover and Hamburg.
Tim Oelker is a member of the "Universal Design Forum e.V." and the "Universal Design Expert Jury". He is also involved in the »Sustainability Working Group« of the »Deutsche Designtag e.V.«.