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Andrew Blauvelt

Andrew Blauvelt is Curator of Architecture and Design and Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. From 1998 to 2010 he served as Design Director, providing creative direction for the Walker’s communications and publications. In 2009, the Walker received the National Design Award for Institutional and Corporate Achievement from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. A practicing graphic designer, his work has received more than 100 design awards and has been profiled in such magazines as I.D., Idea, Eye, Surface, Print and Metropolis, and has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, and the Design Museum, London, among others. His work has been featured most recently in the books Graphic Design Referenced (Rockport), Studio Culture (Unit 01), Area (Phaidon), c/id: Cultural Identity (Laurence King) and Fully Booked (Gestalten).

As a curator of architecture and design at the Walker he has organized exhibitions such as Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life (2003), Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses (2005), and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (2007). As a writer and critic of design and culture, his essays have appeared in numerous journals and publications such as Eye, Emigré, Visible Language and the anthologies Critical Writings on Graphic Design and The Education of a Graphic Designer (Allworth Press). Blauvelt has been a visiting professor in the graduate design programs of the Jan van Eyck Academie, Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Graphic Design Department at the College of Design, North Carolina State University. He received his MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA in Visual Communication from the Herron School of Art of Indiana University.

Contact Information:
andrew.blauvelt [at]

Posts by Andrew Blauvelt

OBSERVATORY: Designer Finds History, Publishes Book (10.21.10)
OBSERVATORY: Towards Relational Design (11.03.08)
OBSERVATORY: City and Suburb: Worlds Away? (06.16.08)
OBSERVATORY: Over the Rainbow (06.05.08)
OBSERVATORY: The Work of Task (01.16.08)
OBSERVATORY: Modernism in the Fly-Over Zone (11.15.07)
OBSERVATORY: Design's Ethnographic Turn (05.01.07)