2 September 2023, 2 - 3:30pm

The DHS Student Forum presents a session of 5 minute Lightning Talks to be held online on 2nd September at 2pm BST inspired by the 2023 annual conference theme 'Displaying Design: History, Criticism and Curatorial Discourses'. This event is separate to, but inspired by, the 2023 annual conference.

This year, the conference explores how design exhibitions and exhibition design have a central place in the history of design, providing us with significant milestones for understanding how designers, schools, companies, and organisations have publicly displayed work, values, and ideas.

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Lauren McQuistion – Before Whitney and the Discursive Capacity of Exhibiting Architecture

Parita Upadhyaya – The Deconstructivist Exhibition at MoMA (1988)

Michela Bonomo – Constructing the Dream : Villas on Display in Italy in 1933 and 1964

Isabela D'Auria Caragelasco - A discussion on the reception of Art Deco in different American countries

Portia Silver – Displaying Plasticity: The Exhibition Design of Everlasting Plastics

Chloé Henry – The Black Fashion Museum

John Binchy – Exposition Coloniale

Catelijne van Middelkoop – Interchanging worldviews. Re-contextualising the self-image of design



Lauren McQuistion is a PhD Candidate in the Constructed Environment at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation research focuses on the spatialized history of the Whitney Museum of American Art, exploring the intersection of art and architecture in the context of cultural institutions.

Parita Upadhyaya
recently finished her final year research thesis titled, ‘The Absurdity of the Deconstructivist Exhibition’, guided by Riyaz Tayyibji at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. She is inclined towards a theoretical and academic practice of architecture given her shared interest in literature and philosophy.

Michela Bonomo
is a second year PhD student at EPFL Lausanne in Switzerland. Prior to joining EPFL Michela has been a practising Architect in the UK since 2016, working mainly on luxury private residential projects at Foster and Partners and Herzog De Meuron (London) and worked as a freelance architect on interior refurbishments. Michela received her RIBA Part 1 in Architecture at London Metropolitan Architecture, Riba Part 2 Diploma at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and Riba Part 3 at the University of Westminster. She holds British nationality and she is an accredited architect in both UK and Italy.

Isabela D'Auria Caragelasco
is an undergraduate student in design at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Her research consists of studying the involvement of the Art Déco movement in the city of São Paulo, an investigation primarily conducted through the analysis of the Mirante das Artes,&tc magazine, while also incorporating the study of exhibitions, private collections, and other academic sources.

Portia Silver is a second-year MA Art History student at Case Western Reserve University, with interests in modern and contemporary art, focusing on decolonial, eco-critical, and gender theories. She was a 2023 summer intern for the US Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, supported by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Chloé Henry
is a graduate student at Sorbonne Université in Paris. She is currently completing a master’s degree in English studies, specializing in American history. Her research focuses on the influence and instrumentalization of fashion in the context of social movements and in the construction of identities in the 20th century.

John Binchy
is a current student on the MA in History of Design programme at the RCA/V&A. He is an Irish design and art historian interested in 19th and 20th Century European cultural history, with an emphasis on decoloniality studies and indigenisation within the museum space. For his dissertation (c. 12,000 words long), he focused on various forms of indigenous display and representation in 20th century France, with a specific focus on the 1931 Exposition Coloniale.

Catelijne van Middelkoop
is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen, Design Fellow and former Professor of Visual Communication Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Research Lecturer at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, and Research Professor (Practor) ‘Meaningful Creativity’ at SintLucas in Boxtel and Eindhoven. Her main research interests include the position of ‘making’ in creative processes, the influence of emerging technologies on the field of visual communication design, the changing role of the designer in a predominantly digital age dictated by machines, as well as speculative futures for (and pasts of) art and design education.


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