• Anthony Dunne

    University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry


    Anthony is University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry at The New School, Co-Director of the Designed Realities Lab, and a GIDEST Fellow. He is also a partner in the design studio Dunne & Raby. Between 2005-2015 he was professor and head of the Design Interactions programme at the Royal College of Art in London.

    Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies. At The New School, they are experimenting with research and teaching platforms that use design as a catalyst for a form of interdisciplinary imagining that synthesizes social and political thought, world-making, and emerging technology — a sort of ‘many worlds lab’ dedicated to sustaining the idea of multiple possibilities in the face of an increasingly monolithic worldview of our technological future.

    Dunne & Raby's work has been exhibited at MoMA in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Design Museum in London, and is in several permanent collections including MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK).


    Degrees Held:

    Anthony holds a PhD in Computer Related Design and an M.Des in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art in London, and a B.Des in Industrial Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland.

    Recent Publications:

    He is the author of Hertzian Tales (1999; 2005 second edition, 2002 Korean translation) and co-author, with Fiona Raby, of Design Noir (2001; republished 2018/19) and Speculative Everything (2013; 2015 Japanese translation, 2017 Russian and Chinese translations).

    Projects include The Placebo Project (2001), Technological Dreams Series, No 1: Robots (2007), Designs For An Over Populated Planet: Foragers (2010), The United Micro Kingdoms (2013), The School of Constructed Realities (2015), and The Many Worlds Working Group (2017 - ).

    Research Interests:

    Design as a form of technological critique, speculative and fictive material cultures, the public presentation of futures, emerging technology, practice-led research, alt.worldmaking, designed realities.

    Awards And Honors:

    Anthony was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2009. In 2015 Dunne & Raby received the inaugural MIT Media Lab Award and in 2016 they were nominated for the Prince Philip Designers Prize.