Following his studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Vienna and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Severin gained his Master of Arts in 1984 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. After a year teaching in a private school in Vienna and working as an editor, Severin was appointed General Secretary for Graphic Design with Design Austria.
Since 1992, he has been the Director of Design Austria, Austria’s national representative body for professional designers. From 1998-2000 he was the President of the Bureau of European Designers’ Associations.
Author of numerous articles in books and magazines, he has also been a presenter and guest teacher both in Austria and abroad, with clients including the Austrian Ministries for External Trade, National Insurance, Austrian advertising and the Austrian Post; Telekom Austria, CRID (Spain) and HarperCollins Publishers (UK). He gained the title of Professor in 2014.