Aric Po-Kang Chen

Born and raised Chicago, USA




1997-1999    MA, History of Decorative Arts and Design, with Honors

Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons School of Design, New York


1991-1995    BA, Architecture, with High Honors

              BA, Anthropology, with High Honors

              University of California, Berkeley




2019-now     Professor of Practice and Director, Curatorial Lab

              College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University (Shanghai)

2018-now     Curatorial Director

              Design Miami (Basel and Miami Beach)

2018-2019    Curator at Large

              M+, West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong)

2012-2018    Lead Curator, Design and Architecture

              M+, West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong)

2009-2012    Creative Director

              Beijing Design Week

Previous       Independent Writer and Critic

Contributor: New York Times, Metropolis, The Architects Newspaper, PIN-UP, Harvard Design Magazine, GQ, Graphis, Wallpaper*, Monocle, Abitare, Vogue Italia, Elle Decor, House & Garden, others

Contributing Editor: Surface, I.D., Interior Design, Metropolitan Home, Absolute, Spoon, Dutch

              Contributing Writer: Architectural Record, Fast Company, Paper





2019-2020    Academic Committee member

              UABB Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism

2018-2020    Consulting Curator, reinstallation of the 20th century design galleries

              Brooklyn Museum

2018-2020    Curatorial Advisor, Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (New York)

2019-2020    Curator, State of Extremes

Design Museum Holon (Israel)

2019             Guest Curator, “New Glass Now”

Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY)

2019             Lead Curator, “Arata Isozaki: Third Space”

Oita Art Museum (Oita, Japan)

2018-2019    Curator, “Designs of the Year 11”

              The Design Museum (London)

2016-2017       Curator, “Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection”

              M+, West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong)

2014                 Curator, “NEONSIGNS.HK”  

              M+, West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong) 

2014             Curator, Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection

              M+, West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong)

2011             Curator, Silent Heroes: Objects, as told by Zhou Xun

Beijing Design Week

2011             Co-Curator, “As Long as It Lasts…”

              Arratia Beer Gallery (Berlin)

2010             Curator, Design Section

Get It Louder (Beijing and Shanghai)  

2010                Co-Curator, Tribute Song: Madame Song and Pierre Cardin in China

              Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (Beijing)

2010             Co-Curator, The State of Thingsinaugural exhibition

              Design Museum Holon (Israel)

2009             Associate Curator, Gwangju Design Biennale

              Gwangju Design Biennale (South Korea)

2008             Co-Curator, I Said I Wasnt Doing It…,” US section

              ExperimentaDesign (Amsterdam)




2020 (i/p)         “Aric Chen and Kayoko Ota,” in The New Curator: Exhibiting Architecture and Design (Routledge)

2020                “Bijoy Jain,” in MPavilion: Encounters in Design and Architecture (Thames and Hudson/Naomi Milgrom Foundation)

2019                Co-Editor and essay author, State of Extremes (Design Museum Holon)

2019                "One Country, Many Architectures," in The Centre—On Art and Urbanism in China (National Gallery of Victoria)

2019             "Foreword," in Dror Dreams: Design Without Boundaries (Monacelli)

2019                "Design and Pluralism," in Satyendra Pakhale: Culture of Creation (nai010)

2018                “An Aesthetic of Post-Capitalism and the Designer as Hero,” in NGV Triennial 2017 (National Gallery of Victoria)

2018                “Borderline: Design, Popular Culture and Counterculture in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, 1978-1997,” in Night Fever: Designing Club Culture, 1960-Today (Vitra Design Museum)

2017                “The Opposition of Craft,” in Wang Shu and Amateur Architecture Studio (Lars Muller)

2016             Book author, Brazil Modern (Monacelli)

2016             “Masamichi Katayama,” in Wonderwall: Case Studies (Gestalten)

2016                “The Line Between Boundaries,” in Nendo: The Space In Between(Design Museum Holon)

2016                “Tobias Wong,” in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Views on the Collection (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

2016                “The Global Designer Redux,” in al (l): Projects in Aluminium by Michael Young (Stichting)

2016                “A Conversation with Ma Yansong,” in MAD Works (Phaidon)

2014                Contributor, Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors (Phaidon)

2011                “Fragmentation and Synthesis: The Architecture of Winka Dubbeldam,” in Archi-Tectonics: Winka Dubbeldam (Daab)

2010                “The Designer is Dead. Long Live the Designer,” in The State of Things: Design and the 21st Century (Design Museum Holon)

2009                “Salim: Design to Save,in The Clue: 2009 Gwangju Design Biennale (Designhouse)




2017                Inaugural Awardee, Best Curator/Critic,” The Design Prize, presented by Abitare, Designboom, and the City of Milan

2016                Brazil Modern named one of the four best architecture and design books of 2016 by the Financial Times (UK)

2015                “NEONSIGNS.HK” receives Webby Award

2015                “NEONSIGNS.HK” awarded Best Temporary Exhibition Communicationsand Best Websiteat International Design and Communication Awards




2020             International Advisory Board and Juror, London Design Biennial

2017-now     Board member, Fondation dentreprise Martell (France)

2013-now     Member, Advisory Council, Design Trust (Hong Kong)

2018-2019    Adviser, International Confederation of Architectural Museums

2020                Nominator, V&A Jameel Prize

2020                Juror, Architizer A+ Awards (New York)

2020                Juror, China Architecture Awards

2020                Juror, Design Power 100 Awards (China)

2020                Juror, Wonderfruit architectural pavilion competition (Thailand)

2019                Master Juror, Dezeen Awards (London)

2019                Juror, Everson Museum architectural competition (Syracuse, NY)

2019                Juror, Design Anthology Awards (Hong Kong)

2018             Juror, INDE Design Awards (Singapore)

2017                Juror, Global Grad Show (Dubai)

2014-2017       Nominator, Wheelwright Prize, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

2012-2017       Juror, Lexus Design Award

2016                Juror, China Architecture Media Awards

2016                Juror, Urban SOS, Van Alen Institute (New York)

2014             Juror, Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative (architecture)

2014             Juror, Vilcek Prize in Design (New York) 


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