Conference Director


Viviana Narotzky is a design historian, writer and curator. She is President of ADI-FAD, the Industrial Design Association of Barcelona, and a Trustee of the Design History Foundation. She has written and lectured extensively on design and contemporary material culture, and curated shows on contemporary and 20C design. Her book La Barcelona del Diseño, published in 2008, is an engaging and rigorous exploration of design and architecture in the Catalan city from the 1960s to the present day.

Among other academic positions, Viviana has been Director of the History of Design MA at Kingston University, Senior Research Fellow at the AHRC Center for the Study the Domestic Interior (CSDI) based at the Royal College of Art, and Tutor on the History of Design MA course run jointly by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum of London.

Born in Barcelona, Viviana Narotzky studied industrial design and worked with designer Jorge Pensi in the early 90s. Resident in London between 1994 and 2008, she obtained a doctorate in History of Design by the Royal College of Art. Viviana collaborates as an advisor on design related projects. She has worked with institutions such as the World Economic Forum, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA), the Victoria & Albert Museum London, and Hong Kong Television.    @vnarotzky