Önder Küçükerman was born in Trabzon in 1939. On graduating from the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts in 1965, he became an assistant both in the Department of Architecture and that of Interior Design.
Within the newly established Higher School of Industrial Arts at the Academy, he founded in 1971 the first Department of Industrial Design in Turkey. He served as head of the department until 1980 while continuing his duties in the Academy itself.
In 1980, Küçükerman was appointed Assistant Dean of the newly founded Faculty of Industrial Arts at the Academy, and in 1982 he became head of the department of Industrial Product Design in the Faculty of Architecture of Mimar Sinan University, the successor to the Academy of Fine Arts.
Between 1987 and 1993, he served two academic terms as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Mimar Sinan University.
From 1971 until his retirement in 2006, Önder Küçükerman served continuously as, first, the chair of the Department of Industrial Product Design and, subsequently, of the School of Industrial Product Design in the Faculty of Architecture of Mimar Sinan University.
He also headed the Institute for Industrial Design Studies and Publications, which was established in 1979. He founded in 2000 the Center for Industrial Design Studies at Mimar Sinan University, where he also served as head.
As advisor to the Office of the Minister without Portfolio under the Prime Ministry and to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture between 1984 and 1992, Prof. Küçükerman prepared projects to stimulate creativity and develop the design of traditional industrial resources.
During this period, he also served as a member of the executive board and as director of design of the Sümerhalı division of Sümerbank Holding. In addition, he established foundations for the development of research and resources in industrial design and for which he also served as administrator.
Since 1971, Küçükerman has been an active participant in numerous enterprises and organizations as director of design, designer, consultant, and design coordinator. These include Paşabahçe Glass Factories and Turkish Glass Works (197193); Emayetas (197679); Sabri Yaman Machine Plant (198081); Türk Demirdöküm-Koç Holding (198092); Telefunken-Transtürk Holding (198085); Chrysler Kamyon A.Ş. (Chrysler Truck Manufacturing) (19812001); TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Institute-Turkish State Highways (198184); Istanbul Porcelain Factory (198291); Presiz (198486); Turkish Grand National Assembly- Department of National Palaces, (198689); Tofaş Türk Otomobil Fabrikası (19972001); Turkish Pavilion-Expo 2000 Hannover, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism; CNR (200203); and Istanbul Design Week (200607).
In addition to his university duties, Önder Küçükerman has served since 1991 as the Turkish correspondent for The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage.
Prof. Küçükerman has authored more than fifty works on subjects in his field, such as industrial design, creativity, the Turkish house, traditional design in Anatolia, carpetmaking, the glass industry, the art of porcelain and ceramics, the garment industry, the automotive industry, the historical heritage of industry and design, and national palaces, fine arts, as well as conducting scientific and artistic research and contributing publications, designs, and television programs.
Though Prof. Küçükerman reached the age of retirement on 11 July 2006, he continues to pursue his teaching duties at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Since his retirement, Küçükerman has been appointed Haliç University, chairperson of the Department of Industrial Product Design and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture.
Prof. Küçükerman is married to the higher interior architect, Gözen Küçükerman, and has one son, Orhan Küçükerman.