David Crowley

Professor and Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design

School of Humanities, Royal College of Art

David Crowley is Professor and Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design. He is also former Deputy Head of the V&A/RCA History of Design programme, and works closely with students in various design programmes at the College including those in the School of Communications.

David is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the University of Brighton. He also studied at the Cracow Academy of Art in Poland in the 1980s. He taught at Staffordshire University and the University of Brighton before joining the RCA in 1999. David has a specialist interest in critical and speculative design practices, as well as the history of graphic design and visual communication. He is also an expert in the art and design histories of Eastern Europe under communist rule. He writes regularly for the design press and curates exhibitions (including Cold War Modern at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2008–9 and Sounding the Body Electric. Experiments in Art and Music in Eastern Europe 1957-1984 at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2012 and Calvert 22, London, 2013). He has been the recipient of research grants from the British Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.