Key Note Speakers

Guy Julier is Professor of Design Leadership and Head of Research in the Dept. of Design at Aalto University, Finland. More specifically, he works with researchers and students to investigate post-capitalist and hybrid design practices and possibilities. In 2019 he was Commissioner of ‘Everyday Experiments’, the Finnish Pavilion for the XXII Triennale di Milano, an exhibition highlighting institutions and communities who explore new configurations of sustainability and equality. His most recent book, Economies of Design (2017), provides an analysis of the multiple roles of design in the contexts of contemporary, neoliberal orthodoxies and beyond. Other books include The Culture of Design (3rd revised edition 2014), the Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Design since 1900 (3rd revised edition 2005) and New Spanish Design (1991).  Guy Julier is also a co-editor of Design and Creativity:  Policy, Management and Practice (2009) and Design Culture: Objects and Approaches (2019). Before moving to Finland in 2018, he was the Victoria and Albert Museum/University of Brighton Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design.

Tereza Kuldova is a social anthropologist and senior researcher based at the Oslo Metropolitan University. She is the author of, among others, How Outlaws Win Friends and Influence People (Palgrave, 2019), Luxury Indian Fashion: A Social Critique (Bloomsbury, 2016), editor of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Street Gangs: Scheming Legality, Resisting Criminalization (Palgrave, 2018), Urban Utopias: Excess and Expulsion in Neoliberal South Asia (Palgrave, 2017), and Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism (Akademika Publishing, 2013). She has written extensively on topics ranging from fashion, design, aesthetics, branding, intellectual property rights, nationalism, philanthropy, India, to outlaw motorcycle clubs, subcultures, and organized crime. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology. For more information, please visit:

Photographer Mark Cocksedge

Aric Chen is a design and architecture curator, writer and consultant based in Shanghai, where he is Professor of Practice at the College of Design & Innovation at Tongji University. In addition, Chen currently serves as Curatorial Director for the Design Miami/ and Design Miami/Basel fairs; Curatorial Consultant to the Brooklyn Museum; and Curator-at-Large for M+, the new museum for visual culture under construction in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, where from 2012-2018 he was that institution’s first Lead Curator for Design and Architecture. 

Prior to M+, Chen was the first Creative Director of Beijing Design Week. Over the years, he has organized dozens of projects and exhibitions internationally, in addition to serving on numerous juries, and as a curatorial advisor to the UABB Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennale (New York), and the Gwangju Design Biennale. Chen is the author of Brazil Modern (Monacelli, 2016), and has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Wallpaper*, Architectural Record, and other publications. 

Alice Twemlow is a research professor at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) where she leads the Design and Deep Future Lectorate and an associate professor at Leiden University in the PhDArts programme, where she supervises artistic research PhDs with a design focus. Her research interests include design criticism, design research, design education, speculative design, design and disposal, and the relationship between design and time.

She was the founding director of the MA in Design Research, Writing & Criticism at the School of Visual Arts in New York, 2008-2015 and then head of the Design Curating & Writing MA at Design Academy Eindhoven until 2018. She lectures widely and has directed and moderated numerous design conferences. She writes about design for publications such as Design ObserverEyeDisegno, and frieze and is the author of Sifting the Trash: A History of Design Criticism (MIT Press, 2017). Twemlow has an MA and a Ph.D from the History of Design program run jointly by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art in London. For more information, please visit: