Alice Rawsthorn is the design critic of the International Herald Tribune, writing a weekly column published every Monday. She also writes the "Object Lesson" column for the New York Times Magazine. Ms. Rawsthorn’s columns are syndicated to newspapers and magazines all over the world. A prominent broadcaster, Ms. Rawsthorn often speaks on design and creativity at international events, including the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos.
She is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery in London, as well as a board member of Arts Council England and of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Design. Ms. Rawsthorn graduated in art and architectural history from Cambridge University in 1980. She joined the Financial Times as a foreign correspondent in Paris and pioneered the newspaper’s coverage of the creative industries. From 2001 to 2006 Ms. Rawsthorn was director of the Design Museum in London. She is an honorary senior fellow of the Royal College of Art and has served on numerous arts juries including the Turner Prize for contemporary art, the Stirling Prize for architecture, and the British Council’s selection panel for the Venice Architecture Biennale. Ms. Rawsthorn was chair of the British Council’s Design Advisory Group; a member of the Design Council and of the government’s advisory panel on the BBC Charter Review; and chair of the Arts Council’s Turning Point review of the contemporary visual arts. She has contributed essays to a number of books on design and contemporary culture and has published a critically acclaimed biography of the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and a monograph on the work of the industrial designer Marc Newson.