MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism and MFA Products of Design faculty member Paola Antonelli has been awarded a prestigious AIGA Medal, the highest honor in the design field. Antonelli, who is also the senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design as well as the director of research at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), was recognized “for expanding the influence of design in everyday life by sharing fresh and incisive observations and curating provocative exhibitions at MoMA” and for “using her platform at one of the world’s juggernaut museums to become design’s Thought-Leader-in-Chief,” according to AIGA.
Antonelli, along with this year’s four other honorees, will be presented with the medal at the 2015 AIGA Awards Gala, chaired by Michael Bierut of Pentagram, and taking place on Thursday, May 14 at Pier Sixty in Manhattan.
With the honor, Antonelli joins the firmament of past distinguished AIGA Medalists, including SVA’s late founder and Chairman, Silas H. Rhodes, as well as Ken Carbone, Ivan Chermayeff, Stephen Doyle, Louise Fili, Tom Geismar, Milton Glaser, Cheryl Heller, Steven Heller, Paul Rand, Paula Scher and Stefan Sagmeister.
Image: Photo of Paola Antonelli by Robin Holland.