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Grace Lees-Maffei

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  • Professor of Design History
  • University of Hertfordshire
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AIS/Design (Associazione italiana degli storici del design),

Advisory Board Member

2014 - Present

The Poster

Advisory Board Member

2009 - Present

Recent publications

  • It’s personal: Subjectivity in design history

    • Lees-Maffei G
    • Fallan K
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  • The Design History Reader

    • Grace Lees-Maffei and Rebecca Houze

Professional experience

Professor of Design History

University of Hertfordshire

July 2017 - Present

Peer Review College Member

Arts and Humanities Research Council

March 2011 - Present

Reader in Design History

University of Hertfordshire

March 2010 - June 2017(7 years)

Visiting Professor of Design History and Theory

Vrije University

September 2013 - June 2015(2 years)

Visiting Professor of Design and Culture

IADE-U Institute of Art Design and Enterprise – University

January 2014 - July 2014(6 months)

Senior Lecturer

University of Hertfordshire

September 2000 - March 2010(10 years)


University of Hertfordshire

January 1998 - September 2000(3 years)

Gallery Lecturer

Victoria & Albert Museum

October 1994 - June 1998(4 years)

Finance Administrator

Victoria & Albert Museum

January 1997 - December 1997(a year)

Visiting Lecturer

University of Hertfordshire

September 1995 - December 1997(2 years)

Visiting Lecturer

University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester

October 1996 - October 1997(a year)

Exhibition Assistant

Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

July 1995

Intern, Department of Textiles and Dress

Victoria & Albert Museum

July 1993


Brighton Pavilion Art Gallery & Museums

July 1992 - August 1992(a month)

Research Assistant

State Apartments & Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Kensington Palace

June 1992



University of Portsmouth

January 2000 - May 2005(5 years)

MA RCA History of Design

Royal College of Art

October 1994 - June 1996(2 years)

BA Hons English Literature

University of Wales Aberystwyth

October 1991 - June 1994(3 years)

Research interests


Grace Lees-Maffei BA Hons MA(RCA) PhD FHEA is Professor of Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, where she Chairs the TVAD research group, and the Researcher Development Working Group, and is Programme Director for DHeritage, the Professional Doctorate in Heritage. Grace is also a Peer Review College Member for the Arts & Humanities Research Council, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Advisory Board member for AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, Journal of the AIS/Design (Associazione italiana degli storici del design), and The Poster (Intellect). Prof Lees-Maffei researches design history, methodology, historiography, globalisation, mediation, gender, domesticity. She is a qualified and experienced research supervisor interested in supervising research on the following themes: * Histories of design, applied arts and crafts of all periods and especially the 19th-21st centuries * Historiography and methodology as applied to design history and cultural history * The mediation of design in documentary sources such as magazines, advertising, corporate literature and advice * The everyday and domesticity * The consumption of design, fashion and taste. Grace gained her PhD in 2005 with a thesis entitled 'Modern Living: Domestic Advice Literature and Design Discourse in Post-War Britain.'

Co-authors (4)