Rebecca Houze, Professor of Art and Design History at Northern Illinois University
Rebecca Houze is General Editor of the Bloomsbury Design Library and co-editor of the forthcoming third volume of World History of Design and second edition of The Design History Reader. She is Professor of Art and Design History at Northern Illinois University, USA. Dr. Houze completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago with research on modern art and design in Vienna.
Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Center for British Art, Yale University, USA
Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian who works at the intersection of craft and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Adamson’s publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson); The Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007). Most recently Adamson was the co-curator of Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years at MAD (2016); curator of Beazley Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London (2017); and co-curator (with Martina Droth and Simon Olding) of Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, at the Yale Center for British Art (2017). His book Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects was published by Bloomsbury in 2018.
Harriet Atkinson, Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Brighton, UK
Dr Harriet Atkinson is a historian of design and culture at University of Brighton. Until 2023 she is AHRC Leadership Fellow, working on the project "The Materialisation of Persuasion": Modernist Exhibitions in Britain for Propaganda and Resistance, 1933 to 1953, which will culminate in a monograph, a documentary film and a co-edited essay collection (forthcoming, Bloomsbury). She is Trustee and Research Grants Officer of the Design History Society. Her book The Festival of Britain: A Land and Its People was published by I.B. Tauris (2012). She was section editor of the three-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design (2015) and co-editor of The Banham Lectures (Berg, 2009).
Jeremy Aynsley, Professor of Design History at the University of Brighton, UK
Jeremy Aynsley is Professor of Design History at the University of Brighton where he is director of the Centre for Design History. He is also currently Chair of the Design History Society and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Design History (OUP). Jeremy Aynsley’s research, writing and curating has focused on modernism and design in the 20th century with a particular emphasis on graphic and interior design and their inter-relation. His publications include Graphic Design in Germany, 1890-1945 (2000) and Designing Modern Germany (2008) as well as many edited anthologies and essays. He curated the exhibition Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age at the Wolfsonian FIU, Miami Beach in 2017, which is expected to travel to The Poster House, New York in 2020 and then to the Plakat Museum, Essen. His most recent research will be published by Bloomsbury in the forthcoming Modernism and Design in Germany.
Rachel Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, UK
Rachel Cooper is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, where she is Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and Founding Director of ImaginationLancaster, an open and exploratory design-led research lab conducting applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions. Her research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including The Design Agenda (1995), Creative Product Design (2000), The Design Experience (2003), Process Management in Design and Construction (2004), Designing Sustainable Cities (2009), Constructing Futures (2010), The Handbook of Design Management (2011), Wellbeing and the Environment (2014) and Living in Digital Worlds (2018). She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility, covering topics such as designing for sustainability, inclusivity, service design, sport, health, transport and policy. She was founding editor of The Design Journal (Routledge) and also founding President of the European Academy of Design. She is President of the Design Research Society, a Visiting Professor and member of the Council of The Royal College of Art and also member of council of Norwich University of the Arts. She was elected President of the Design Research Society in 2017 and was awarded a UK national OBE honour for services to education in 2012.
Clive Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Design at Loughborough University, UK
Clive Edwards is Emeritus Professor of Design History at Loughborough University, UK and was General Editor of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design. He came to academia from a career in the retailing of furniture and interiors, studying for an MA in the History of Design at the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum, and subsequently completed a PhD on Victorian furniture technology.
In addition to the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, his publications include Interior Design: A Critical Introduction (Berg, 2010). Clive was until recently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Design History and a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice. He is the editor of A Cultural History of Craft, due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2025.
Kjetil Fallan, Professor of Design History at the University of Oslo, Norway
Kjetil Fallan is Professor of Design History at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse (2017) and Design History: Understanding Theory and Method (2010), editor of The Culture of Nature in the History of Design (2019), Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories (2012), and co-editor, with Grace Lees-Maffei, of the book series Cultural Histories of Design as well as the volumes Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization (2016) and Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (2014).
Tom Fisher, Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Nottingham Trent, UK
Tom Fisher is Professor of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University. A graduate from the University of Leeds in Fine Art and Art History, his first career was in furniture design and making. In parallel to some years teaching product design, his academic work developed out of this professional practice, through a PhD in the Sociology department at the University of York on plastics in everyday consumption experiences. He has published out of this work, relating the history of plastics to their contemporary manifestations and their environmental implications. Tom pursues the opportunities this affords to combine his background, his current academic interest in design and skilled practice with scrutiny of design’s ethics. These topics are mirrored by the French horn design, making and playing that has latterly become an element in his research. He has worked with PhD students pursuing a range of subjects over the last 14 years and developed a course of training for postgraduate researchers in Art and Design.
Tony Fry, Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Design at the University of Tasmania, Australia
Tony Fry is Principal, The Studio at the Edge of the World, Launceston, Tasmania, Adjunct Professor, Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania and Visiting Professor at Universidad de Ibagué, Colombia. He has held academic positions and directed research projects in Australia and internationally. Tony is also an award-winning designer. He has worked as a consultant on design, culture and sustainability projects for government, the corporate sector and NGOs, as well as on international design projects in Asia, the USA, Latin America and Europe. Tony is the author of fourteen books, his latest is Remaking Cities (Bloomsbury, 2017). Other recent books are: City Futures in the Age of a Changing Climate (2015), Design and the Question of History (with Clive Dilnot and Susan C. Stewart, Bloomsbury, 2015). He also contributed to, and edited, Design in the Borderlands (with Eleni Kalantidou, 2014). He currently is completing a book on war, philosophy and the breakdown of the war/peace binary.
Haruhiko Fujita, Professor of Aesthetics and Design History at Kobe Design University, Japan
Haruhiko Fujita was a graduate student of Professor Reyner Banham at State University of New York and Professor Vincent Scully at Yale University, before becoming assistant professor of design at the Kyoto Institute of Technology from 1984 to 1998. He was a professor of aesthetics at Osaka University from 1998 to 2017 and became professor emeritus in 2017, when he was also appointed professor of aesthetics and design history at Kobe Design University. He is president of Japanese Association for Art Studies which consists of the Japan Society of Design, Society of Aesthetics, Society of Art History, Society of Dance, Society of Music. He is the co-editor, with Christine Guth, of the Encyclopedia of East Asian Design (Bloomsbury, 2019) and General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Asian Design.
Lisa Godson, Visiting Research Fellow on the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Lisa Godson is Director of the MA in Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art & Design and Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin. Recent and forthcoming publications include Making 1916: Visual and Material Culture of the Easter Rising (2015); Design Research in an Age of Austerity; Modern Religious Architecture in Germany, Ireland and Beyond: Influence, Process and Afterlife since 1945 (Bloomsbury, 2019); Uniform: Clothing and Discipline in the Modern World (Bloomsbury, 2019); How the Crowd Felt: Public Ritual in the Irish Free State. She is external examiner on the V&A/RCA MA in History of Design.
Rob Harland, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University, UK
Rebecca Houze, Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University, USA
Daniel Huppatz, Associate Professor of Architecture and Industrial Design at Swinburne University, Australia
Daniel Huppatz is Associate Professor in the department of Architectural and Industrial Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. He has been involved in design education and research – specifically design history and theory – for almost two decades. In addition to teaching and research, Huppatz has served as Head of Architecture, Head of Interior Architecture, and other roles within Swinburne’s Faculty of Design over the last ten years. Prior to working at Swinburne, he was a Professor of Design History at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, USA (2005-07). Huppatz’s books include a four-volume edited collection, Design: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury, 2016), Modern Asian Design (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Design: The Key Concepts (Bloomsbury, 2019). Huppatz is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Design History and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at numerous international conferences.
Mahmoud Keshavarz, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program at Uppsala University, Sweden
Mahmoud Keshavarz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Parsons the New School and University of Gothenburg. His research and publications sit at the intersection of design studies and politics of movement and migration. His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies in English, Swedish and Persian. He is the author of The Design Politics of the Passport: Materiality, Immobility and Dissent (Bloomsbury, 2019), co-founder of Decolonizing Design Group and, since 2019, co-editor of the journal Design and Culture.
Sara Kristoffersson, Professor of Design History at Konstfack University, Sweden
Sara Kristoffersson is Professor of Design History at Konstfack University College in Stockholm. She holds a PhD in Art History and Visual Studies. Between 2012 and 2017 Kristoffersson was a member of the Advisory board at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. She is Chair of a Drafting Committee at the Swedish Arts Council and Chair of the Review Panel of Artistic Research at the Swedish Research Council. Kristoffersson writes regularly for Dagens Nyheter, the largest daily newspaper in Sweden. She is author of books and numerous articles on design, art and popular culture and lectures widely on these topics at museums and universities including École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (Paris); Parsons School of Design (New York), CBS (Copenhagen), the Pushkin Museum (Moscow) and Humboldt-Universität (Berlin). In her book Design by IKEA. A Cultural History (Bloomsbury, 2014) she investigated the world-dominating brand IKEA and how the corporation has controversially come to define a nation. Kristoffersson has also curated exhibitions, including More than Marketing, produced by the Swedish Institute and shown in Germany, France, Argentina, Poland, Egypt and Colombia.
Patricia Lara-Betancourt, Researcher and Member of the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University, UK
Patricia Lara-Betancourt is a design historian and a member of the Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University, London, where she completed her PhD in Design History on the contested modernity of the British domestic interior, 1890-1914 (2008). She studied History (BA 1989) and Colombian and Latin American History (MA 1997) and worked as a University lecturer in Bogotá from 1990 to 1997. Her research interests focus on the themes of modernity, identity and representation. Recent publications include a guest edited special issue of the Journal of Design History, Locating Design Exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean (with L Rezende, JDH 32 (1) 2019); the coedited volumes Flow: Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity (with P. Sparke, P. Brown, G. Lee and M. Taylor, Bloomsbury, 2018); and Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retailing (with A. Lasc and M. M. Petty, 2017); and the chapter The Quest for Modernity: A Global/National Approach to a History of Design in Latin America, in Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in the Age of Globalization (G. Lees-Maffei and K. Fallan, eds., 2016).
Grace Lees-Maffei, Professor of Design History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK
Grace Lees-Maffei is Professor of Design History at the University of Hertfordshire, Director of DHeritage, the Professional Doctorate in Heritage, and Chair of the Researcher Development Working Group. Professor Lees-Maffei was Visiting Professor for the MA Design Cultures, Vrije University Amsterdam and the Doctoral Program on Design, Institute of Art Design & Enterprise University, Lisbon (2013-15). She was Research Group Leader for TVAD, the Theorising Visual Art & Design Research Group at Hertfordshire from 2009 to 2018. Her museums and gallery experience includes positions at the Historic Royal Palaces, the V&A, Brighton Museum, the Royal College of Art, and Central St Martins. She was Reviews Editor (2002-6), Editor (2002-8) and Managing Editor (2011-17) of the Journal of Design History. Grace’s research on design discourse has contributed to understanding of design heritage, globalization and national identity, domesticity, methodology and historiography. Her articles appear in the Journal of Design History, Design and Culture, Design Issues, The Design Journal, Women’s History Review, Modern Italy, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, and Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. She is author of Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA since 1945, co-author with Nicolas P. Maffei of Reading Graphic Design in Cultural Context, editor of Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things and Writing Design: Words and Objects, co-editor with Kjetil Fallan of Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization and Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design and with Rebecca Houze, of The Design History Reader.
Sarah Lichtman, Assistant Professor of Design History at Parsons, The New School, USA
Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Victor Margolin (1941-2019) was Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was a founding editor and now co-editor of the academic design journal Design Issues. He was the author, editor, or co-editor of books including The Struggle for Utopia: Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, 1917-1936; Design Discourse; Discovering Design; The Idea of Design; The Designed World: Images, Objects, Environments; and The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design and Design Studies. The first two volumes of his three-volume World History of Design were published in April 2015.
Sorcha O’Brien, Senior Lecturer in Design History and Theory at Kingston University, UK
Sorcha O'Brien is a design historian who specialises in issues of technology and identity in Ireland. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Brighton, which was later published as Powering the Nation: Images of the Shannon Scheme and the Electrification of Ireland. She was the sub-editor for entries on practitioners for the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, and the co-editor of Love Objects: Emotion, Design and Material Culture. She is currently working on an AHRC funded research project on women’s experiences of rural electrification in Ireland, which includes the curation of the Kitchen Power exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, from July 2019 to May 2020.
David Raizman, Distinguished University Professor of Design at Drexel University, USA
David Raizman is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. In 2015 he organized and served as director for the NEH Summer Institute “Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond”. Dr. Raizman is the author of History of Modern Design (2nd ed. 2010) and most recently was co-editor (with Ethan Robey) of Expanding Nationalisms at World’s Fairs: Identity, Diversity, and Exchange 1851-1915 (2017). His latest book, Reading Graphic Design: Image, Text, Context will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020.
Megha Rajguru, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, Centre for Design History, University of Brighton, UK
Eduardo Staszowski, Associate Professor of Design Strategies at The New School, USA
Eduardo Staszowski is associate professor of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design, and Director/co-founder of the Parsons DESIS Lab. Working to enhance participation in policy development and civic design, he studies design as a method and language, and its role as an intermediary, creating, and orienting processes of social innovation and sustainability. Staszowski is founding editor of Designing in Dark Times. Published by Bloomsbury, this book series investigates design’s capacity to offer critical and transformative perspectives on our contemporary condition. Exploring the interaction of design with social research and presenting both modes of thought and courses of action, books in this series engage polemically with the opportunities now presented to rethink what acting and designing can be.
Teal Triggs, Professor of Graphic Design and Associate Dean of the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art, UK
Teal Triggs is Professor of Graphic Design and Associate Dean, School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. She is also Adjunct Professor at RMIT in Australia. As a graphic design historian, critic and educator she has lectured and broadcast widely and her writings have appeared in numerous edited books and international design publications. Her research focusses primarily on graphic design, pedagogy, self-publishing and feminism. She is co-editor with Leslie Atzmon of The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury, 2019) and author of Fanzines and The Typographic Experiment: Radical Innovations in Contemporary Type Design. She is also author of the award-winning children's book The School of Art. Teal is also Associate Editor for the academic journal Design Issues and was previously Editor-in-Chief of Communication Design, and co-editor of Visual Communication. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers (iSTD) and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
Laurene Vaughan, Professor and Dean of the School of Design at RMIT University, Australia
Professor Laurene Vaughan is Dean of the School of Design at RMIT University. In 2011-2012 she held the position of Neirenberg Chair – Invited Distinguished Professor of Design, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University. Laurene is internationally recognized for her leadership in design education and her particular passion for interdisciplinary, exploratory and applied approaches. Laurene supervises practice based research degrees at RMIT. Laurene has a diverse design research practice that is grounded in place based, human centred design interventions. She has been a Chief Investigator of range of research projects, with competitive funding in excess of $1.9million. The outcomes of her research result in industry reports, academic publications, exhibitions and project artefacts. Her co-edited publications include: Designing Place (2010), Mapping Environmental Issues in the City (2011), Design Collectives: an approach to practice (2012), Performing the Archive (2014), and Practice Based Design Research (Bloomsbury, 2017). Her most recent collection is Designing Cultures of Care (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Anne-Marie Willis, Visiting Professor of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, Australia
Heather Wiltse, Design Researcher at Umeå University, Sweden
Heather Wiltse (PhD) is currently a researcher at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden. Her transdisciplinary research centers around trying to understand, articulate, and critique the role of digitally connected, responsive, and data-intensive things in experience and society in ways that can inform response-able design. Building on a background in informatics, human-computer interaction, design, and communication and culture, Heather's research focus currently sits primarily at the intersection of design studies and philosophy of technology. Her recent book Changing Things: The Future of Objects in a Digital World (with Johan Redström) investigates and articulates what has become of things as computational processes, dynamic networks, and contextual customisation now emerge as factors as important as form, function and material were for designing, using and understanding objects in the industrial age.