Paola Antonelli


Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, The Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA) New York City

Paola Antonelli graduated from the Politecnico di Milano University in 1990, is an italian author, editor and currently the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture since 1994 and also the Director of Research & Development initiative in 2012 at the MoMA.

Paola Antonelli’s work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology.

She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art in 2014. She was also recognized with an American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Medal in 2015 for "expanding the influence of design in everyday life”. She is the author of “Humble Masterpieces : Everyday Marvels of Design” in 2005.
She lectures frequently at high-level global conferences and coordinates cultural discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Paola Antonelli’s goal is to insistently promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged.