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

Having graduated from ESSEC Business School in France, Alice began her career in banking in New York. Her experience spans work in both national and independent museums and the public and private sectors. Formerly Head of Strategy and Planning at the Imperial War Museum and Curator of the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, Alice has in-depth knowledge of museums’ operational and strategic issues.

In September 2007, Alice was appointed Deputy Director of the Design Museum. From 2008 to 2016, Alice led the museum's £82m capital redevelopment project to transform the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington into the Design Museum’s new home. Alice was appointed Director of the Design Museum in December 2016. In June 2017 Alice was appointed a Cultural Ambassador by Sadiq Kahn to the Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board.

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

  • Celeste Bright, Director of Development

  • Josephine Chanter, Director of Audiences

  • Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator

  • Philip Walsh, Director of Finance