Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dieter Rams: Principled Design
November 18, 2018–April 14, 2019

Selected press: The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN Style,, WHYY, Broad Street Review

Dieter Rams’s quietly innovative versions of household products are some of the most celebrated examples of twentieth-century industrial design. Throughout his career at the German manufacturer Braun and the furniture company Vitsœ, he created precise, intuitive forms that remain monuments to understatement and ease of use. This exhibition explores Rams’s prolific body of work—from radios, clocks, and cameras to kitchen appliances and furniture—and the impact of his design philosophies.

Channeling Nature by Design
April 22–July 16, 2017

This exhibition, drawn mostly from the PMA's permanent collection, examined how designers and makers have responded to both the beauty and fragility of nature. Spanning the rise of anti-industrial reform efforts in the mid-nineteenth century to contemporary interests in algorithmic design, it explored how shifting scientific and cultural understandings of the natural world have shaped the products of human creativity, whether handmade or industrially produced.


Design Currents: Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, Zanini de Zanine
Co-curated with Kate Higgins, Guest Curator
November 19, 2016–March 12, 2017

Selected press: Philadelphia InquirerThe Globe and Mail1stDibs Introspective MagazineCourier Post 

Design Currents presented the work of three designers—Oki Sato of Tokyo, Faye Toogood of London, and Zanini de Zanine of Rio de Janeiro—to examine the links between context and creativity in the globalized world of contemporary design. Highlighting the distinct cultural inputs and working methods of each studio, it explored larger questions of versatility, collaboration, and experimentation across materials and techniques.

The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community
Co-curated with Kathryn B. Hiesinger, The J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700
May 14–September 25, 2016

Selected press: BBC World News, Architectural Record, Wallpaper, Architect MagazinePhiladelphia InquirerArchdaily 

This exhibition was the first North American museum retrospective of Burkina Faso-born, Berlin-based architect Francis Kéré’s work. Combining both a gallery exhibition and a site-specific interactive commission, the project presented Kéré's inventive approach to building integrates traditional knowledge and craft skills with lightweight engineering and a drive for both ecological and cultural sustainability.

Research, Interpretation, and Administrative Support

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design
Organized by Kathryn B. Hiesinger
November 21, 2015–April 3, 2016

Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design
Organized by Donna Corbin, The Louis C. Madeira IV Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts
May 23, 2014–October 4, 2015

Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots
Organized by Kathryn B. Hiesinger
November 22, 2014–April 26, 2015

American Federation of Arts

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Organized in collaboration with the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; organized by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator
On tour July 2015–September 2017

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Organized in collaboration with the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris; organized by Emmanuel Schwartz, Curator of Patrimony/Research Curator
On tour from July 2014–September 2015

Museum of Arts and Design

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital
Organized by Ronald T. Labaco, Marcia Docter Curator of Design
October 15, 2013–June 1, 2014

Bard Graduate Center

The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking
Organized by Nina Samuel, Visiting Assistant Professor
September 21, 2012–January 27, 2013

Denver Art Museum

Potters of Precision: The Coors Porcelain Company
Organized by Darrin Alfred, Associate Curator of Architecture, Design & Graphics
June 11, 2011–March 24, 2013

What Is Modern?
Organized by Darrin Alfred, Associate Curator of Architecture, Design & Graphics
November 1, 2010–March 24, 2013