Dr Livia Lazzaro Rezende

Dr Livia Lazzaro Rezende

Senior Lecturer

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History of Design, V&A/Royal College of Art History of Design programme, UK

Master in Design, PUC-Rio, Brazil

Bachelor in Industrial and Graphic Design, ESDI, Brazil

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, AdvanceHE, UK

Postgraduate Certificate in Art & Design Education, Royal College of Art, UK

 

Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Livia Rezende is a design historian living and working on unceded Gadigal land. 

She is the Postgraduate Coordinator for the School of Art & Design, where she teaches Design History and Theory and supervises postgraduate students in correlate fields. Livia welcomes enquiries from applicants interested in undertaking an MFA, MPhil or PhD by thesis or by practice.

Livia holds a doctoral degree from the V&A/Royal College of Art History of Design Programme, a Master's and a Bachelor's degree in graphic and industrial design from Brazil. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Art & Design Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Advance Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Livia is an expert in exhibition histories and histories of design practice in postcolonial contexts—including design’s environmental, cultural, and social impacts. Livia is internationally renowned in the field of Design History as a Latin American scholar whose publications and thought leadership contribute to expanding the discipline’s geographical and methodological reaches. Livia works with innovative research methods that advance transnational and intersectional design histories, promote positionality and perspective sharing in scholarly and teaching practices. She is recognised for introducing non-Western perspectives and knowledges to the field, for critically reassessing archival methodologies in design, and for advancing collaborative history writing. 

As Book Editor for the Manchester University Press, Livia advises on the academic standing of book proposals and manuscripts in the Studies in Design and Material Culture series. She is also Editor of the Journal of Design History with special responsibility for Explorations, a new strategic editorial direction underpinned by EDI principles to foster publishing access for underrepresented groups. 

As one of the co-founders of the international research collective OPEN, she works on decolonial methods and praxis through public engagement, educational impact, and scholarly outputs.

  

Location
UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture Paddington Campus
  • Book Chapters | 2023
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2023, 'Reframing Modern Design as Displacement: A Discussion through Decolonial Thinking on the Brazilian Experience', in Traganou J; Lichtman SA (ed.), Design, Displacement, Migration: Spatial and Material Histories, Routledge, New York, https://www.routledge.com/Design-Displacement-Migration-Spatial-and-Material-Histories/Lichtman-Traganou/p/book/9781032046945#
    Book Chapters | 2022
    Lazzaro Rezende L; Pinto T, 2022, 'Shared and not Contested: Modern Erasures in Design and Architecture: History, Practice and Education in Brazil', in Ashby C; Crinson M (ed.), Building/Object. Shared and Contested Territories of Design and Architecture, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, pp. 253 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350234031
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2016, 'National Institute for Industrial Research (Instituto Nacional de Investigação Industrial) (INII), Portugal (1959–79)', in The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Asociación Colombiana de Diseñadores (ACD) (Association of Colombian Designers) (1976–)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 94 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596178-BED-A104
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Asociación Latinoamericana de Diseño (Aladi) (Latin American Association of Design) (1980–)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 312 - 312, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-L018
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition (1893)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 234 - 235, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596178-BED-C044
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Chicago “A Century of Progress International Exposition” (1933–4)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 232 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596178-BED-C042
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial (ESDI) (College of Higher Education in Design), Rio de Janeiro (1963–)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 488 - 489, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596178-BED-E040
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Escuela de Diseno Industrial e Informacional (EDI) School of Informational and Industrial Design, Havana (1969–76)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 463 - 463, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596178-BED-E013
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Instituto de Diseño Fundación Neumann-INCE (IDD) (Institute of Design, Neumann-INCE Foundation), Caracas (1964–95)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 202 - 203, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-I043
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Museo Mexicano del Diseño (MUMEDI) (Mexican Museum of Design), Mexico City (2002–)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 423 - 424, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-M112
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) (São Paulo Art Museum) (1947–)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 424 - 424, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-M113
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE) (Museum of Design), Lisbon (1999–)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 424 - 424, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-M114
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'National Institute for Industrial Research (Instituto Nacional de Investigação Industrial) (INII), Portugal (1959–79)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 434 - 434, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-N011
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'New York World's Fair (1964–65)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 455 - 456, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-N034
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Of Coffee, Nature and Exclusion: Designing Brazilian National Identity at International Exhibitions, 1867 & 1904', in Lees-Maffei G; Fallan K (ed.), Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization, Berghahn Books, Oxford, pp. 259 - 273
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Rezende L, 2016, 'Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition (1876)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 49 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596154-BED-P038
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Rezende L, 2015, 'The Artifice of Nature and the Naturalisation of the State at the 1922 Rio de Janeiro International Exhibition', in Filipova M (ed.), Cultures of International Exhibitions, 1840–1940: Great Exhibitions in the Margins, Ashgate, London, pp. 163 - 182
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Rezende L, 2014, 'Beyond natural beauty, bounty and national boundaries: actualising the debate on the “Brazilian Contemporary', in Faust C (ed.), Prova 2: Humanities Research Forum Journal, Royal College of Art, London, pp. 26 - 30
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Rezende L, 2014, 'Designing the state at Brazil’s Independence Centennial International Exhibition', in Design Frontiers: Territories, Concepts, Technologies, Editorial Designio, Mexico City, pp. 79 - 89
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2005, 'A Circulação de imagens no Brasil Oitocentista: uma História com Marca Registrada', in Cardoso R (ed.), O Design Brasileiro Antes do Design: Aspectos da História Gráfica, 1870-1960, Cosac Naify, São Paulo, pp. 20 - 57
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Cheang S; Irani K; Rezende L; Suterwalla S, 2023, 'In Between Breaths: Memories, Stories, and Otherwise Design Histories', Journal of Design History, 36, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epac038
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2021, '‘Deep encounters’ with the archives: reflections of a design historian in Brazil (in two acts)', RMIT Design Archives Journal, 11, pp. 8 - 19, https://issuu.com/rmitdesignarchives/docs/rda_journal_25_11.2_supply_singlepages_issuu
    Journal articles | 2021
    Rezende L, 2021, 'The future of the past: The representation of the first brazilian republic in the world’s columbian exposition in Chicago, 1893', Iberoamericana, 21, pp. 71 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.18441/ibam.21.2021.77.71-95
    Journal articles | 2019
    Lara-Betancourt P; Rezende L, 2019, 'Locating design exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean', Journal of Design History, 32, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epy048
    Journal articles | 2017
    Rezende L, 2017, 'Manufacturing the raw in design pageantries: The commodification and gendering of Brazilian tropical nature at the 1867 Exposition Universelle', Journal of Design History, 30, pp. 122 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epx007
    Journal articles | 2015
    Rezende L; Huppatz DJ, 2015, 'World History of Design', JOURNAL OF DESIGN HISTORY, 28, pp. 431 - 433, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epv039
    Journal articles | 2012
    Rezende L, 2012, 'Modern British Posters: Art, Design & Communication * Art for All: British Posters for Transport', Journal of Design History, 25, pp. 329 - 332, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/eps024
  • Creative Written Works | 2022
    Lazzaro Rezende L; Meliande C, 2022, The empty and the full: Design education, modern design pedagogies and student protests in 1968 Brazil, Schools of Departure: a digital atlas of Bauhaus pedagogy post-1933, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, https://atlas.bauhaus-dessau.de/en/escola-superior-de-desenho-industrial-esdi
    Creative Written Works | 2022
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2022, Amazon’s Rubber Saga, Material Intelligence: Rubber, Adamson G; Herrera-Perez C, (ed.), Chipstone Foundation, https://www.materialintelligencemag.org/rubber/
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Lazzaro Rezende L; Meliande C, 2020, 'O design na encruzilhada: o currículo “imperialista” da ESDI contestado durante a Primeira Bienal Internacional de Design no Brasil (1968)', in Marinho C; Barros C; Ribeiro B (eds.), Pesquisa e Design: De(s)colonizando o design, Editora Nadifúndio, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO CEARÁ (UFC) / UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO CARIRI (UFCA) / GRUPO DE PESQUISA EM ARTE E DESIGN (PADE), pp. 639 - 647, presented at II COLÓQUIO DE PESQUISA E DESIGN, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO CEARÁ (UFC) / UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO CARIRI (UFCA) / GRUPO DE PESQUISA EM ARTE E DESIGN (PADE), 03 November 2020, https://design.ufc.br/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/iicpd.pdf
    Curatorial Outputs | 2019
    Rezende L, 2019, Emotional Practices, exhibited at: , 27 September 2019 - 27 September 2020, https://emotional-practices.webflow.io/
    Conference Abstracts | 2014
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2014, 'The land of coffee: Brazilian representation at the Louisiana Purchase International Exhibition (St. Louis, 1904)', in Forging the Nation: 21st Annual Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) Conference, London School of Economics (LSE), s/p., London School of Economics (LSE), UK, presented at Forging the Nation: 21st Annual Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) Conference, London School of Economics (LSE), UK
    Other | 2013
    Rezende L, 2013, Mistral Wine Store in São Paulo, Frame Publishers, Amsterdam, , https://www.frameweb.com/
    Other | 2013
    Rezende L, 2013, Terra & Tuma Makes Concrete Cosy in São Paulo, Frame Publishers, Amsterdam, , https://www.frameweb.com/
    Conference Papers | 2012
    REZENDE L, 2012, 'Transforming territories and forging identities at the Independence Centennial International Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro (1922)', in Farias P; Calvera A; Braga M (eds.), Design frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies [=ICDHS 2012 - 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies], Edgard Blücher, São Paulo, pp. 274 - 277, presented at Design frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies [=ICDHS 2012 - 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies], São Paulo, 03 September 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.5151/design-icdhs-052
    Creative Written Works | 2012
    Rezende L, 2012, O Nome do Jogo, Livro-Poster Canção: Transgressão, http://livroposter.blogspot.com/p/colaboradores.html
    Creative Written Works | 2011
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2011, The raw and the manufactured: Brazilian modernity and national identity as projected in International Exhibitions (1862–1922), Royal College of Art Show Catalogue 2011, Reeve O, (ed.), Royal College of Art
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2011
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2011, The Tropicalisation of Brazil, Show RCA 2011, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 24 June 2011 - 03 July 2011, medium: Installation in glass, adhesive paper and plastic
    Theses / Dissertations | 2011
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2011, The raw and the manufactured: Brazilian modernity and national identity as projected in International Exhibitions, 1862-1922, https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/1143/
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Rezende L, 2010, 'Crafting the Nation: Brazilian 'Civilised Exoticism' at World’s Exhibitions', in Gimeno-Martinez J; Floré F (ed.), Design and Craft: A History of Convergences and Divergences, Universa, Brussels, pp. 136 - 139, presented at 7th International Committee of Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS) Conference - ‘Design and Craft’: A History of Convergences’,, Belgium, (2010), Brussels, 20 September 2010
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Rezende L, 2008, 'The Raw and the Manufactured: a Discussion of Brazilian National Identity as Projected in International Exhibitions (1862-1867)', in Fujita H (ed.), Another Name for Design: Words for Creation, Osaka, pp. 354 - 357, presented at 6th ICDHS Conference - International Committee for Design History and Design Studies, Osaka, 15 October 2008, http://www.ub.edu/icdhs/osaka/book.html
    Creative Written Works | 2007
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2007, Expo: the Brazilian quest for modernity and national identity through participation in International Exhibitions, 1851–1922, Research RCA, Kemp S, (ed.), Royal College of Art
    Conference Abstracts | 2005
    Lazzaro Rezende L, (ed.), 2005, 'From the graphic to the ideological project: the construction of national identity on nineteenth-century Brazilian labels', in ocating Design, Proceedings of the 2005 Design History Society Annual Conference, London Metropolitan University, UK, presented at 2005 Design History Society Annual Conference, London Metropolitan University, UK
    Theses / Dissertations | 2003
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 2003, Do projeto gráfico ao ideológico: a impressão da nacionalidade em rótulos oitocentistas brasileiros
    Theses / Dissertations | 1998
    Lazzaro Rezende L, 1998, Cinema Imagem

Australian Council of University Art and Design, 2023: A Decolonial Design History Educators Network, $5,000 with Nicola St John (RMIT), Fanny Suhendra (Swinburne), Diana Albarrán González (Univesrity of Auckland), Nina Gibbes and Zenobia Ahmed

UNSW School of Art & Design Research Grant (Seed Funding Scheme), 2023: $2,739

UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture Faculty Research Fellow, 2021-2022: $45,000

UNSW Art & Design Faculty Research Grant, 2019: $4,997

Royal College of Art (RCA), Research & Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund, 2018: $1,000

Arts & Humanities Research Council UK / Newton Fund, 2017: Development through the Creative Economy in China, $6,500

Royal College of Art (RCA), Research Development Fund, 2014-2015: $3,500

2021-22  UNSW Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture Research Fellow 

2021  Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy  

2020  Design Writing Prize, Design History Society, United Kingdom

2019  UNSW Art & Design Dean's Award for Research Excellence

2013  Visiting Professorship, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil

2012  Junior Postdoctoral Scholarship, Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

2007-10  Full Doctoral Award, CAPES Foundation of Brazil

2010  Conference Travel Grant, Design History Society, United Kingdom

2008  Conference Travel Prize, UK Society for Latin American Studies

2005  Best Written Work, Museu da Casa Brasileira, Brazil

2001-03  Full Master's Degree Award, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and CAPES Foundation of Brazil

Livia’s current project investigates the expansion of the industrial design activity in Latin America under the aegis of military dictatorships in the 1960s and 1970s. This project has received a series of small grants, prizes, commissions, critical acclaim, and public attention that evidence the timeliness of research into historical precedents to the current rise of authoritarian cultures.

Her previous research project and publications discuss nation-building efforts through designed pavilions, visual communication, exhibits and displays in 19th-century International Exhibitions and World’s Fairs, with emphasis on the commodification of raw materials and the gendering of nature in these ‘design pageantries’.  

Two upcoming projects will see Livia’s methodological and disciplinary expertise make further impact on the Australian context:

The Decolonial Design History Educators Network: This international research group (RMIT, Swinburne, UNSW, and University of Auckland) investigates how design curriculum and teaching practices address social injustice. Projected impact includes supporting, through outreach activities, end-users in Design Schools to teach diverse and inclusive design histories. Funded by an Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS) CAT3 grant.

Networks of Design: Reconsidering the Impact of Australian Design Internationally (1959-1980): This project explores how federal and state governments collaborated with design peak bodies to form an institutional framework for the development of design. This project will lead to the first historical research into Australian design peak bodies.

  • Book Series Editor, Studies in Design and Material Culture (Manchester University Press)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Design History (Oxford University Press), with special responsibility for the Explorations section
  • Book Review Editor, Journal of Modern Craft (Taylor & Francis)
  • Member, Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 
  • Member, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ)
  • Member, Design History Society UK

My Research Supervision

Livia is eligible and has capacity to primary supervise MFA, MPhil, and PhD candidates by thesis or by practice.

She welcomes supervision enquiries in Design History and Theory, Craft History and Theory, Latin American Cultural History, and correlate fields. Among other areas, research focus can include exhibition histories, theories and histories of nationalism & national identity formation, gender theory, transnational and intersectional histories, critical archival methods, and decolonial thinking and praxis.

Current PhD Supervisions

  • Bridgit Moran, ‘Analysing Craft Policy in Australia 1971-2011’ (Joint with Dr Diana Perche, School of Social Sciences)
  • Tzu-Mei Stewart, ‘Utopias and the Architectural Imaginary: Desire, identity and otherness in modern architecture’ (Joint with Prof. Stephen Loo)
  • Ashley Eriksmoen,‘”Making with”: counteracting conventional material production and consumption through ecofeminism, adversarial design, and circular economy approaches’ (Joint with Dr Fernando do Campo)

 Completed PhD Supervisions

  • Dr Natalie O’Connor, 2022, ‘The Nature of Redness: A Practice-Based Research into Red Pigments to Offer a New Understanding of Material Colour’, School of Art & Design, UNSW
  • Dr Emin Artun Özgüner, 2020, ‘Inheritance / Disavowal: Commemorating and Representing the Nation-State in Turkey from Empire to Republic, 1908-1950s’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Dr Yun Wang, 2019, ‘The History of Contemporary Chinese Graphic Design in the Context of Globalisation’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Dr Yongkeun Chun, 2019, ‘Displayed Modernity: Advertising and Commercial Art in Colonial Korea’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme

Completed Master by Research Supervision (as Primary Supervisor)

  • Catherine Hill, 2017-2018, ‘Objects of Empowerment: Posters by the See Red Women’s Workshop’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. Awarded DISTINCTION
  • Elena Jarmoskaite, 2017-2018, ‘Bad Blood: Motivated Reasoning in the Visual Communication Promoting Anti-Vaccinationist Views in the Nineteenth and Twenty-first Century United States of America’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. Awarded DISTINCTION
  • Lisa Rotzinger, 2017-2018, ‘Bruce Archer and Research at the Royal College of Art (1961-2002). Theoretical Frameworks for Research in Design in the Context of an Institution’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Eva Kasser, 2017-2018, ‘The Functionalism Debate: Connecting the divided Germany. On the Theoretical Education of Industrial Design in the former German Democratic Republic and Federal Republic Germany, with a special focus on the period before Germany's Reunification’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Ayelet Shats, 2016-2017, ‘Native Style: Ethnographic Dress Collections, Khaki Clothes and the Omnipresence of Fashion in Mandatory Palestine and Israel 1917-1967’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. Awarded DISTINCTION
  • Ruth Sykes, 2016-2017, ‘'Sexism, Our Stock-in-trade': Feminism and Female Graphic Designers’ educational and professional experiences in London during feminism’s joint wave’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Guglielmo Rossi, 2016-2017, ‘The Collective Production of Radical Politics in Print: Libertarian Culture and Publishing in the 1970s’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Alex Heslop, 2015-2016, ‘Open Shop: A Reassessment of London's Printing Trades, 1980-1992’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. Awarded DISTINCTION and Best Dissertation Prize.
  • Derya Adiyama, 2015-2016, ‘An Identity Dilemma: ‘Turkish(less)-ness’ in Industrial Design in Turkey’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Kate O’Neill, 2015-2016, ‘Capturing the Invisible? Photography and Domestic Service in Britain, 1840-1920’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Laura Quintrell, 2014-2015, ‘Materialising Informal Empire: Great Britain and Argentina on Display at the Exposición Internacional del Centenario (1910)’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Miranda Vane, 2014-2015, ‘Designing the Delicious: A Design History of Contemporary Food Making’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Sophie Farrelly, 2014-2015, ‘The Design of the Children's Nursery from 1850 to 1914’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Tania Messel, 2013-2014, ‘Unity in a Tangled World. The Introduction and Development of Corporate Identity programmes in France, 1950-1975’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. Awarded DISTINCTION
  • Everton Barreiro, 2013-2015, ‘The Hybrid Man in the Tropics': Flavio de Carvalho's New Look and Histories of Brazilian Modernist Dress’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Steffi Duarte, 2013-2014, ‘Agents of the Struggle: Posters by the ANC in Exile and European Solidarity Movements Against South African Apartheid, 1960-90’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme

Completed Master by Research Supervision (as Joint Supervisor)

  • Kara Bargmann, 2015-2016, ‘Manifesting Destiny: The American Craft Council, the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the influence of craft communities on the contemporary jewellery practitioner 1939–1984’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Susan Newell, 2015-2016, ‘Ceramics as ‘applications of geology’, an exploration of the collection of the Museum of Practical Geology, c. 1835–1860’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Kaisu Savola, 2014-2015, ‘When Beauty is Not Enough. A Short History of the Scandinavian Design Students’ Organisation 1966-1969’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. Awarded DISTINCTION
  • Ellen Rivers, 2014-2015, ‘Designed Futures in Omni Magazine 1978-88’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Josephine Tierney, 2013-2014, ‘Designing Taste: a Re-examination of British Printed Textiles 1830-1899’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme. Awarded DISTINCTION and Best Dissertation Prize.
  • Georgia Cherry, 2013-2014, ‘Defining the 'Dark Light'. The Mediation of X-Ray in England, 1895-c.1906’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme
  • Thomas Warham, 2013-2014, ‘Chairman Mao’s Parades: Spectacle and Spectatorship in the Festivities of Chinese National Day, 1949-1976’, V&A/RCA History of Design Programme

Completed Supervision of Critical and Historical Studies Masters’ Dissertation (as Primary Supervisor)

  • Janna Fuller, 2016, ‘What Somali boarding schools and design theorists can teach Detroit about improving its broken education system’, Global Innovation Design Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art/Imperial College London. Awarded DISTINCTION.
  • Clea Jentsch, 2016, ‘Own Less, Live More’, Global Innovation Design Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art/Imperial College London. Awarded DISTINCTION.
  • Fiona O’Leary, 2016, ‘An Awkward Identity: The Construction of Identity through Experience of Assistive Aids’, Design Products Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art. Awarded DISTINCTION
  • Catherine Ka Hei Suen, 2016, ‘Five Dimensional Sensorial Strategies’, Innovation Design Engineering Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art/Imperial College London
  • Jorge Cartes Sanhueza, 2016, ‘Mass Customization: an ethical dilemma for designers: cosmetic or functional customized design?’, Innovation Design Engineering Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art/Imperial College London
  • Oliver Lehtonen, 2016, ‘Trans-industrial designer generations: Opportunities and Responsibilities in the Design Industry’, Innovation Design Engineering Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art/Imperial College London
  • Elodie Soler, 2016, ‘Food, Design & Behavioural Economics’, Innovation Design Engineering Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art/Imperial College London
  • Luca Alessandrini, 2016, ‘The Role of Makers Revolution in the Italian Contemporary Economic Scenario’, Innovation Design Engineering Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art/Imperial College London
  • Jan Samuel Libin-Libera, 2016, ‘Failure and Experiment: the other side of progress’, Design Products Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art
  • Vaclav Mlynar, 2016, ‘In Design We Trust: The importance of creativity in shaping our future’, Design Products Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art
  • Kawther Alsaffar, 2016, ‘The Value of Culture in Design: a non-Western global perspective’, Design Products Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art
  • Felicie Eymard Ericsdottir, 2016, ‘Where absence and emptiness are more present that anything tangible’, Design Products Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art
  • Jane Kim, 2016, ‘Memory’, Design Products Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art
  • Yeting Jiang, 2016, ‘How design inspired by national culture can succeed globally?’, Global Innovation Design Master's Programme, School of Design, Royal College of Art/Imperial College London

My Teaching

Livia has co-designed all four core courses in the Design History and Theory curriculum for the Bachelor of Design (Integrated Design) program.

At the School of Art & Design, she teaches into Design History and Theory at undergraduate and postgraduate levels:

  • Design History and Theory 1: National Design Histories (DDES1200)
  • Design History and Theory 2: Global Design Debates (DDES1201) 
  • Design History and Theory 3: Positions in Design (DDES2200)
  • Design History and Theory 4: The Making of Design Cultures (DDES3200)
  • Histories and Theories for Design, Master's of Design (SAHT9143)