• Anthony Dunne

    University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry


    Anthony is University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry and Co-Director of the Designed Realities Studio at The New School. He was a Fellow of the Graduate Institute for Design and Social Thought (GIDEST) from 2016 to 2018, and between 2005-2015 he was professor and head of the Design Interactions programme at the Royal College of Art in London. He is also a partner in the design studio Dunne & Raby. 

    Dunne & Raby use design to explore how alternative values, belief systems and ideals can be made tangible through the stuff of everyday life in ways that spark reflection on the kinds of worlds people wish to live in. At The New School, with Fiona Raby, he is developing practice-led research and project based teaching approaches that bring design, the humanities and social sciences into conversation around new forms of interdisciplinary imagining.

    Anthony’s research and creative practice has been supported by the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Arts Council of England, the Mellon Foundation, and industry partners including Intel, Microsoft and Philips.

    Dunne & Raby's work has been exhibited at MoMA in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Design Museum in London, and is in a number of public and private collections including MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK).


    Degrees Held:

    Anthony holds a PhD in Computer Related Design and an M.Des in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art in London, and a B.Des in Industrial Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland.

    Recent Publications:

    He is the author of Hertzian Tales (1999; 2005 second edition, 2002 Korean translation) and co-author, with Fiona Raby, of Design Noir (2001; republished 2019) and Speculative Everything (2013; translated into Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Taiwanese and Persian).

    Projects include The Placebo Project (2001), Technological Dreams Series: No. 1, Robots (2007), Designs for an Overpopulated Planet: Foragers (2010), The United Micro Kingdoms (2013), The School of Constructed Realities (2015), and An Archive of Impossible Objects (Ongoing).

    Research Interests:

    Design as a form of technological critique, speculative and fictive material cultures, the public presentation of futures, emerging technology, practice-led research, alt.worldmaking, designed realities.

    Awards And Honors:

    Anthony was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2009. In 2015 Dunne & Raby received the MIT Media Lab Award.

    Current Courses:

    Concept Work & Materialization

    UTransLab Designed Realities 1

    UTransLab Designed Realities 1 (Spring 2020)

    UTransLab Designed Realities 2

    UTransLab Designed Realities 2 (Spring 2020)