Catherine McDermott

Professor School of Design / Course Director MA Curating Contemporary Design


Catherine McDermott is a leading figure in the field of contemporary curating of design.  In 2001, McDermott set up a masters programme Curating Contemporary Design with Paul Thompson, then director of the Design Museum in London and now Rector of the Royal College of Art. Much of McDermott's personal research has focused on curating British design identity. She is the author of books and articles on design history.

Prof McDermott serves on the committee of ICOM (International Committee of Museums) She has worked as a consultant for, amongst others, the BBC, the Science Museum, the Design Museum, Design and Crafts Councils.  She has lectured around the world in her subject and curated a number of exhibitions (ranging in content from a celebration of the life and times of Diana, Princess of Wales, through to an exhibition for the French luxury goods company Hermes and an exhibition for the Design Council) as well as regularly writing for a number of design magazines and journals. She is currently working on projects in China & Africa supported by the British Council.

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