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Grace Lees-Maffei

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  • Visiting Professor of Design History and Theory
  • VU Amsterdam Division of Organic Chemistry
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Design History; Design Discourse;

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About

Grace Lees-Maffei BA Hons MA(RCA) PhD FHEA is currently Reader in Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire; Visiting Professor of Design & Culture, Doctoral Program on Design, IADE-U Institute of Art Design & Enterprise, Lisbon, Portugal; Visiting Professor of Design History and Theory, MA Design Cultures, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2013-14; Managing Editor of the Journal of Design History (Design History Society/Oxford University Press); Advisory Board member for The Poster (Intellect); Peer Review College Member for the Arts & Humanities Research Council; http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/About/PeerReview/Pages/default.aspx and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/.

Grace researches the mediation of design and philosophies of design to consumers, through channels such as advice literature, corporate literature, advertising and magazines and she is particularly concerned with issues of demotic design, domesticity and gender. She has made a significant contribution to methodological and historiographic work in design history. Dr Lees-Maffei is author of Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the US since 1945 (Routledge, 2013) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415656696; Co-Editor of Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (Bloomsbury, 2013) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Made-Italy-Grace-Lees-Maffei/dp/0857853899; Editor of Writing Design: Words and Objects (Berg, 2011) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1847889557 and Co-Editor, with Rebecca Houze, of The Design History Reader (Berg, 2010) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1847883893

At the University of Hertfordshire, she coordinates of the TVAD research group http://tvad-uh.blogspot.com/. Grace has been teaching in higher education since 1995 and is an active member of the design history community, as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Design History (2002-8), as a Trustee of the Design History Society (1998-2002) http://www.designhistorysociety.org/ and as convenor/chair for the 2009 Design History Society Annual Conference, Writing Design: Object, Process, Discouse, Translation, hosted by the TVAD research group at the University of Hertfordshire 3-5 September 2009, among other conferences she has hosted under the auspices of TVAD and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She regularly peer reviews for publishers, journals and is a reviewer for the British Council.

Dr Lees-Maffei 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.'

Publications

Designing Worlds

Lees-Maffei G, Fallan K

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It’s personal: Subjectivity in design history

Lees-Maffei G, Fallan K

Design and Culture (2015)

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Reading Graphic Design in Cultural Context

Lees-Maffei G, Maffei N

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DESIGN: History and Theory

Lees-Maffei G

Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2014)

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Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things

Lees-Maffei G

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Professional experience

Visiting Professor of Design History and Theory

VU Amsterdam Division of Organic Chemistry

September 2013 - Present

Managing Editor

Journal of Design History

May 2011 - Present

Peer Review College Member

Arts and Humanities Research Council

March 2011 - Present

Reader in Design History

University of Hertfordshire

March 2010 - Present

Advisory Board Member

The Poster

Present

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 (9 years 6 months)

Lecturer

University of Hertfordshire

January 1998 - September 2000 (2 years 8 months)

Gallery Lecturer

Victoria and Albert Museum

October 1994 - June 1998 (3 years 8 months)

Finance Administrator

Victoria and Albert Museum

January 1997 - December 1997 (11 months)

Visiting Lecturer

University of Hertfordshire

September 1995 - December 1997 (2 years 3 months)

Visiting Lecturer

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

October 1996 - October 1997 (1 year)

Exhibition Assistant

Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

July 1995 - July 1995

Intern, Department of Textiles and Dress

Victoria and Albert Museum

July 1993 - July 1993

Intern

Brighton Pavilion Art Gallery & Museums

July 1992 - August 1992 (1 month)

Research Assistant

State Apartments & Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Kensington Palace

June 1992 - June 1992

Education history

University of Portsmouth

PhD

January 2000 - May 2005 (5 years 4 months)

Royal College of Art

MA RCA History of Design

October 1994 - June 1996 (1 year 8 months)

University of Wales Aberystwyth Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences

BA Hons English Literature

October 1991 - June 1994 (2 years 8 months)