We are delighted to announce two keynote speakers: Deyan Sudjic and Professor Douglas Tallack

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, London

Founded in 1989, the Design Museum is the UK’s cultural champion of design and wins international acclaim for exhibitions of modern design history and contemporary design.

Before joining the Design Museum in August 2006, Deyan was Dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at Kingston University, visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, and the Observer newspaper’s design and architecture writer. He was Director of Glasgow 1999, UK City of Architecture, and in 2002 was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which attracted more than 100,000 paying visitors for the first time in its history. Deyan was for several years visiting professor at the Academy of Applied Art in Vienna, running a course in design history and theory. From 2000 to 2004 he was Editor of Domus, the international magazine of art, architecture and design, and was Founding Editor of Blueprint magazine from 1983 to 1996.

Deyan has published many books on design and architecture, including The Edifice Complex published by Penguin and monographs on the work of the Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, the British-based designer Ron Arad and the design practice Future Systems. The Endless City was published in 2008 by Phaidon. The Language of Things was published by Penguin in October 2008. His most recent book, Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture was published by Orion in 2010.

Deyan was appointed as a CABE commissioner in March 2006. In 2004 he was awarded the Bicentenary Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for the promotion of design, and was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was made an OBE in 2000.

Professor Douglas Tallack, University of Leicester, “Tall Stories: New York Skyscrapers in Art and Literature” 

Douglas Tallack is Professor of American Studies and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law at the University of Leicester.  He holds honorary guest professorships at Tsinghua  University, Beijing, and Shanghai International Studies University, and was Grolier Club (New York) Fellow (2008). He has been a member of the UK Government’s Marshall Commission and the Advisory Board of the Observatory for Borderless Education, as well as local school and college governing bodies. He directed the 3Cities project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Douglas Tallack’s most recent books are New York Sites: Visualising Old and New New York (Oxford: Berg, 2005) and, as editor, Global Cities/Local Sites (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, May 2009).


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