Susan Yelavich is an associate professor and director of the MA Design Studies program in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School for Design. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Yelavich was awarded the Academy’s Rolland Prize in Design in 2003. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Contemporary World Interiors (Phaidon, 2007), Pentagram/Profile (Phaidon, 2004), Inside Design Now (Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2003), Design for Life (Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2003, 1997), and The Edge of the Millennium: An International Critique of Architecture, Urban Planning, Product and Communication Design (Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2003, 1993). Her newest book, Design as Future-Making, co-authored with Barbara Adams, will be published by Bloomsbury in June 2014. She is also an independent curator whose most recent exhibition was Deep Surface: Contemporary Ornament and Pattern at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC, in 2011. Previously, she was the assistant director for public programs at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.