Directorate

The Design Museum is led by the Directors, Deyan Sudjic OBE and Alice Black.

Deyan Sudjic, OBE

Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum in London. His career has spanned journalism, teaching and writing. Deyan was director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture 1999 and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. He was Editor of Domus Magazine from 2000 to 2004, and was Founding Editor of Blueprint Magazine from 1983 to 1996. Deyan has published many books on design and architecture, including The Edifice Complex (Penguin, 2006), The Language of Things (Penguin, 2008), Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture (Orion, 2010), Shiro Kuramata (Phaidon, 2013), B is for Bauhaus (Penguin 2014) and Ettore Sottsass, the Poetry of Things (Phaidon 2015). His most recent book, The Language of Cities, was published by Penguin in October 2016. Deyan was made an OBE in 2000.

Alice Black

Alice Black graduated from ESSEC Business School in France and began her career in banking in New York. Formerly Head of Strategy and Planning at the Imperial War Museum and Curator of the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, she has in-depth knowledge of museums’ strategic and operational issues. In September 2007, she was appointed Deputy Director of the Design Museum, with a brief to develop audiences and increase self-generated income. This brief was later expanded to include exhibitions and programming. She led the museum's project to transform the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street into the new home for the museum and create the leading museum of contemporary design and architecture in the UK. Alice was appointed director of the Design Museum in December 2016.

The Directors directly manage the departmental directors, each responsible for a different area of the museum’s work

  • Helen Charman, Director of Learning and Research

  • Celeste Bright, Director of Development

  • Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator