Alice Rawsthorn

Design Critic and Author


Alice Rawsthorn writes about design in the International New York Times. Her latest book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life explores design’s impact on our lives: past, present and future. Alice’s next book, A Field Guide to Design, is to be published next spring. She speaks on design at important global events including the TED conference in Vancouver and the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos. Born in Manchester and now based in London, Alice spent her secondary education at three comprehensive schools in Hampshire, Lancashire and Essex, before studying law and art history at Cambridge University. She is chair of the board of trustees of the Chisenhale Gallery and the contemporary dance group Michael Clark Company, as well as a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and a founding member of Writers for Liberty. An Honorary Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts, Alice was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to design and the arts.

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