Susan Yelavich is the director of the new master's program in Design Studies at Parsons. Her interests are design and architectural history and criticism; her recent research focuses on textiles and architecture, the dynamics of global culture and design, the role of ornament in contemporary design, and the parallels between design and literature. She is the author of Contemporary World Interiors (2007), Pentagram Profile (2004), and Inside Design Now (co-author, 2003), Design for Life (1997) and The Edge of the Millennium: An International Critique of Architecture, Urban Planning, Product and Communication Design (1993). She is a contributing editor of Patek Philippe magazine. She was awarded the Rolland Rome Prize Fellowship in Design for 2003–2004 by the American Academy in Rome. She is the former assistant director for public programs at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and she co-curated the 2003 National Design Triennial. Yelavich is a graduate of Brown University and Cranbrook Academy of Art.