Paola Antonelli is an Italian-born curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and one of the world’s foremost experts on contemporary architecture and design. She received her MA in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1990 and worked at the design magazines Domus and Abitare before coming to MoMA in 1994. During her tenure at MoMA, where she serves as senior curator for the Department of Architecture and Design, Antonelli has strengthened the position of design among the arts and in culture. She is known for her eclecticism and has curated well-received shows, including Workspheres (2001), devoted to the workplace of the near future; SAFE (2005), which included — among other materials — a UN refugee tarp, camouflage cream, and a baby buggy; and Design and the Elastic Mind (2008), devoted to the relationship between design, science, and innovation. Antonelli has taught design history and theory at UCLA, Harvard, and SVA, and she is the author of Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design and of Objects of Design (from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art).
Ruedi Baur is a Paris-born designer. He trained as a graphic designer with Michael Baviera in Switzerland and obtained his diploma in graphic design in 1979 at the Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich. Baur created the Bbv studio in Lyon in 1983 and co-founded the interdisciplinary network Intégral Concept in 1989. He has since directed the Intégral Ruedi Baur studios in Paris, Zurich, and Berlin. Baur has taught regularly since 1987. From 1989 to 1996, he coordinated the Design Department at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. He was appointed as a lecturer at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig in 1995 and ran its education board from 1997 to 2000. In 2004, he created the Design2context Institute at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, which he has since directed with Stefanie-Vera Kockot and Clemens Bellut. Baur also teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris; in China at the Luxun Academy in Shenjang and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing; and at the Percé International School, affiliated with the University of Laval in Quebec, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2007. A member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 1992, he participates in many workshops and judging panels and lectures regularly. Baur’s writings have been published in various countries and his works have been presented in a number of exhibitions.
Uta Brandes is a German design expert, theoretician, and author. She is a professor of gender and design and of design research at the
Köln International School of Design (KISD). Brandes completed her PhD at the University of Hanover and is a founding member of the German Association for Design Theory and Research. She has given numerous guest lectures and workshops at international universities, has served on many national and international design juries, and is a member of the German National Academic Foundation’s selection committee. Brandes was the first director of the
Swiss Design Center Langenthal, participated in founding the German Designerinnen Forum (Female Designers’ Forum), and developed a new concept for the event area at the
Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn before her appointment as its director. From 2000 to 2006, she organized the St. Moritz Design Summit with Michael Erlhoff, with whom she currently runs the be design office for design consultancy and research, founded in 1991. She lives in Cologne.
Ted Byfield is an assistant professor in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design. He worked for a decade as a nonfiction editor for academic and public-interest publishers including Cambridge, the Dia Center, the New Press, and Zone Books. He has served as co-moderator of Nettime since 1998, and his writings have appeared in First Monday, Frieze, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Mute, among other publications. His awards and honors include a Rotterdam Design Prize (1997, contributor), a Design Trust for Public Space Journalism Fellowship (2002), an Open Society Institute research grant (2003), and SSRC's Information Technology and International Cooperation workgroup (2003-2004), and he served as a Visiting Fellow with the Information Society Project, Yale Law School (2008-2010).
Clive Dilnot is a professor of design studies at Parsons. His areas of interest include fine art, the history of art, and social philosophy. He has taught at Harvard University and in the United Kingdom, served as a professor of design studies and director of design initiatives at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and directed graduate studies in design in Hong Kong. Dilnot has written extensively on the history and theory of art, design, and architecture and, most recently, on design ethics.
Michael Erlhoff is a German design expert, art theoretician, and author. In 1991, he was appointed founding dean of the Köln International School of Design (KISD), where he continues to serve as a professor of design history and design theory. Erlhoff completed his PhD in German Literature, Art History, and Sociology at the University of Hanover. With Uta Brandes, he published the magazine zweitschrift. He also served as editor in chief of the art magazine K, published the annual Kurt Schwitters Almanach for more than ten years, and was a member of the advisory committee for documenta 8 from 1985 to 1987. From 1986 to 1990, Erlhoff was the director of the German Design Council in Frankfurt am Main. He also served as dean of the Department of Cultural Studies at the Cologne University of Applied Arts from 2002 to 2006. In 1997, he was a guest professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Erlhoff was involved in the inception of the Raymond Loewy Foundation and served as president from 1992 to 2006. With Uta Brandes, he organized the St. Moritz Design Summit from 2000 to 2006. Erlhoff is a member of the German Association for Design Theory and Research and of Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art. He regularly gives guest lectures and runs workshops at universities in cities around the world, including Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney. Erlhoff frequently serves on national and international design juries. He is also the coordinator of the Kölner Design Preis and the Kölner Design Preis International, which recognize young design talent and offer some of the greatest cash prizes in this category. He and Uta Brandes run the be design office for design consultancy and research, founded in 1991. Erlhoff lives in Cologne.
Michael Gais has been a professor of typography and layout, conception, and design at KISD since 2002. In 1994, he and Iris Utikal established QWER, a firm that specializes in developing and implementing communication concepts for companies, cities, regions, cultural institutions, and events. QWER focuses on corporate design and information design, employing interdisciplinary methods to develop design concepts across a variety of media. QWER’s projects include corporate design for the Worldexposition EXPO 2000 Hannover and the Regionalverband Ruhr (association of local authorities in the Ruhr region) and communication design for Wilkhahn and Mabeg (office furniture) and for Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, Museum Ludwig Köln, and other cultural foundations. QWER has won numerous awards in competitions, and its work is frequently exhibited. The firm has also been invited to teach at congresses and offer lectures and workshops in design schools in Germany, China, Spain, and Australia.
Pascale Gatzen is a Dutch-born artist and fashion designer. She is a graduate of the fashion department at ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de kunsten, Arnhem. Along with five other graduates, she showed at Le Cri Neerlandais; they were the first Dutch fashion designers to have a runway show in Paris. Gatzen continued to work as a fashion designer for several years, ultimately completing her graduate education at Jan van Eyck Academie, studying fine arts as well as theory. She then began working more extensively in the art world, participating in art exhibitions all over Europe and in New York City. During the last six years, Gatzen has worked mainly on large collaborative projects in which she shapes the conditions under which people collaborate, create, and produce, working with clothing as her main medium. Gatzen has continuously taught in institutions of higher education, teaching art as well as fashion, theory, and product design. At Parsons School of Design, she is an associate professor and is currently coordinating the Fashion Area of Study of the Integrated Design program (IDP) in the School of Design Strategies.
Philipp Heidkamp has been a full-time professor of interface design at KISD since 2001. From 2002 to 2006, he served as head of school at KISD, and since 2006, he has served as dean of the faculty of Cultural Sciences. In 2008, he became the head of the international MA program in Integrated Design, established in 2009. Heidkamp has been a visiting professor of semiotics, visual communication, and interface design in Spain, Austria, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, Kenya, and Australia, where he has also consulted on the development of academic programs. In 2005, he joined the Global Cultural Library Project and implemented projects in Tokyo, Taipei, Cologne, and Nairobi. In 1995, Heidkamp co-founded syntax design, a studio that develops interface and information design for a wide range of national and international clients.
Jamer Hunt is the director of the MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design. He previously served for seven years at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as director of the master's program in Industrial Design, a graduate laboratory for postindustrial design. In his teaching and professional work, he uses design as a means of exploring the politics and poetics of the everyday. His practice, Big + Tall Design, combines conceptual, collaborative, and communication design. Hunt is a co-founder of DesignPhiladelphia, an initiative to energize Philadelphia’s design community and promote the city as a laboratory for innovative design projects. Hunt has served on the board of directors of the American Center for Design and is on the editorial board of the forthcoming journal Design and Culture. With Paola Antonelli of MoMA and Adam Bly of SEED magazine, he co-hosted MIND08, a conference held in conjunction with the exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind at MoMA. Hunt holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology and has consulted or worked at Smart Design, frogdesign, WRT, Seventh Generation, and Virtual Beauty. His written work explores the poetics and politics of the built environment and has appeared in various books, journals, and magazines, including I.D. magazine, which published his “Manifesto for Postindustrial Design” in 2005. Hunt is writing a graphic design textbook for Thames & Hudson entitled Form Follows Context.
Gesche Joost is a professor in the Interaction Design and Media department at Technische Universität Berlin. Since 2005, she has headed the Design Research Lab at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, an institute affiliated with TU Berlin. She also taught gender and design as a visiting professor in Hildesheim. Joost leads several research projects in areas including tactile human-computer interaction, gender and diversity in information and communication technologies, and design research. She recently published Bild-Sprache: Die audio-visuelle Rhetorik des Films (Picture Language: The Audiovisual Rhetoric of Film) and Design als Rhetorik (Design as Rhetoric). Joost is the chairperson of the German Society for Design Theory and Research. She lives and works in Berlin.
Günter Zamp Kelp is an Austrian-born architect and city planner working in Berlin and Düsseldorf. Kelp co-founded Haus-Rucker-Co in 1967. He has been a professor in the architecture department of Hochschule der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts) since 1988 and runs his own architectural practice in Düsseldorf.
Wolfgang Laubersheimer is a German-born sculptor who has been a professor of production technologies at KISD since 1992. He produces work for international companies such as Swatch, Daimler-Benz, and Philipps and for the Cologne Chamber of Commerce, and his work has been shown in many national and international exhibitions. Laubersheimer co-founded the furniture design company Unikate and, in 1985, the Pentagon design group. He lives in Cologne.
Cynthia Lawson is a digital artist, technologist, and educator. She is particularly interested in reconfigurations and representations of time and space through media. Her work has been internationally exhibited, published, and performed. Since 2007, she has been an active participant in the university-wide project DEED: Development through Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Design, which she now directs. Lawson has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and a master's in Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) from New York University. She is currently an assistant professor of integrated design in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design and an active member of Madarts, an arts collective in Brooklyn, New York.
Tim Marshall is the provost and chief academic officer of The New School. From 2006 to 2009, he served as dean of Parsons, where he led a major restructuring effort and developed an academic plan that emphasized a stronger faculty culture and a better-integrated and comprehensive suite of undergraduate and graduate design degrees. Marshall came to Parsons in 2004 as associate dean for Academic Affairs and holds a faculty appointment as a tenured associate professor. Before coming to Parsons, he held a number of academic leadership positions at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, including chair of the School of Design and director of academic and international programs. He has served as a consultant to academic institutions in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore. Marshall has an extensive professional photography background and co-founded the Cadre Design group in Sydney, a firm specializing in Web-based educational visualizations. He is a visiting professor of design at China National Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai. Marshall received his education at the City Art Institute and College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Marshall has written and lectured extensively on design research and design education and is the co-editor, with Michael Erlhoff, of Design Dictionary: Perspectives in Design (Birkhauser Press, 2007), the first publication of its kind. His other works include “Designing Design Schools,” presented at the conference “Design Perspectives: Envisioning Design for the XXI Century” (Iberoamericano, Mexico City, 2005), and “Poetic Process and Professional Practice: A Case Study for Practitioner-led Design Research,” presented at the conference “Techne-Design Wisdom” (European Academy of Design, Barcelona, 2003). Marshall initiated and contributed to Eye magazine’s special issue on Australia in 2002 and wrote the cover article on the future of design education in Form magazine’s January/February 2009 issue. In 2005 and 2006, Tim was an invited participant at the St. Moritz Design Summit, an annual gathering of some of the most respected designers and design thinkers from around the world.
Tim Parsons is a product designer and a writer and educator on design. Influenced by both craft and industrial design, his design projects examine notions of familiarity, functionality, and the qualities of materials and processes. He has worked with manufacturers in Britain and Europe and exhibited widely in venues including the Design Museum, London. He has contributed articles and essays to publications including Blueprint, ICON, and Phaidon’s Design Classics and has just completed Thinking:Objects, a book on contemporary product design, published by AVA Books. He is currently associate professor of designed objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Marco Piva graduated from the Polytechnic of Milan and founded Studiodada Associates, one of the best-known design studios of the radical period. Piva has worked in Italy and other countries on architecture, interior, and industrial design projects, earning the Interior Award of Kortrijk and commendations and awards at the Milan Triennale and the Design Centre of Cologne. He develops projects all over the world and creates residential and tourist facilities for top developers and tourist operators. Since 1999, he has coordinated master’s degree programs at the Polytechnic of Milan’s Design Polytechnic School (Scuola Politecnica di Design) and at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. Piva also established Atelier Design, a design unit within his own practice focusing on research and development.
Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has written The Body in Pain, On Beauty and Being Just, Dreaming by the Book, and many essays on war and social contract. In 2000, she received the Truman Capote Award for her writing. In 2005, Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines placed her among the world’s one hundred leading public intellectuals.
Regula Stämpfli is a Brussels-based political philosopher who lectures in Germany, France, and Switzerland. She was appointed evaluator of several European Framework programs by the European Commission. A well-known Hannah Arendt specialist, she is the author of textbooks and numerous articles on designing politics (the politics of design), design theory, democratic theory, political decision making in Europe, women’s history, political communications, and political philosophy. Stämpfli was accepted by the writer’s guild of Switzerland in 2007. She is currently developing her theory of media and biotechnology, first discussed in her book Die Macht des richtigen Friseurs (Brussels, 2007). Stämpfli serves on the boards of several international institutions, such as IfG-Ulm in Germany, the Women’s Archive in Switzerland, the Ethics Board for Swiss Statistics, and the executive committee of the Fachhochschule Köln. Stämpfli is widely known in Switzerland and Germany as a commentator on television and radio and in print media.
Cameron Tonkinwise is the associate dean for Sustainability at Parsons School of Design. Previously the co-chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, which oversees The New School's environmental studies degree programs, Tonkinwise came to The New School from Sydney, Australia, where he was the director of Design Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and executive director of Change Design, formerly known as the EcoDesign Foundation, a think tank focused on design-enabled social change toward more sustainable futures. His current research concerns lowering societal materials intensity by decoupling use and ownership—in short, sharing.
Joel Towers was appointed executive dean of Parsons School of Design in 2010 after serving as dean since 2009. From 2007 to 2009, he served as dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and associate professor of architecture and sustainable design. Since coming to Parsons in 2002 as director of Sustainable Design and Urban Ecology, he also served as the first director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School and associate provost for environmental studies. Towers is a founding partner of SR+T Architects. He received a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan School of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Towers was previously a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where he taught advanced architecture and urban design studios and developed and taught a seminar exploring critical ecologies and environmentally reflexive architecture.
Susan Yelavich is an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design in New York City, specializing in 20th-century and contemporary design and architecture. Her current areas of research focus on the relationship between textiles and architecture, the dynamics of global culture and design, the role of ornament in contemporary design, and the parallels between design and literature. Yelavich is also an independent curator and writer. She is the author of Contemporary World Interiors, Pentagram/Profile, Design for Life, and The Edge of the Millennium: An International Critique of Architecture, Urban Planning, Product and Communication Design. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Yelavich was awarded the Academy’s Rolland Prize in Design in 2003. From 1994 to 2002, she was assistant director for Public Programs at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, in New York.