Rebecca Houze

For March 2024, Prof. Dr. Rebecca Houze is invited to spend 14 days of residency in Darmstadt and Erlangen/Nürnberg with the project team doing research in archives, museums, collections, workshops, and the Darmstadt study day together.

Rebecca Houze is Professor of Art and Design History at Northern Illinois University. Her research concerns women designers as well as the ways in which women's interests have influenced design. She is author of Textile, Fashion, and Design Reform in Austria-Hungary Before the First World War: Principles of Dress (Ashgate, 2015) and New Mythologies in Design and Culture: Reading Signs and Symbols in the Visual Landscape (Bloomsbury, 2016). Her recent publications include, with Grace Lees-Maffei, Design and Heritage: The Construction of Identity and Belonging (Routledge, 2022) and the Design History Reader (second edition, Bloomsbury, 2024) and with Sylvia and Victor Margolin, World History of Design, vol. 3, Europe and North America 1945-2000 (Bloomsbury, 2024). Rebecca served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History from 2017-2022. She is currently working on a new book about world's fairs and national parks in the United States.