Photograph: Harry Borden.

ABOUT DAISY

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer, developing experimental approaches to imagine new roles and ideals for design. Designing objects, workshops, writing and curating, Daisy investigates design’s aesthetic and ethical futures with collaborators around the world including scientists, engineers, artists, designers, social scientists, galleries and industry. The Dream of Better, her PhD by practice at London's Royal College of Art, uses design to explore our idea of the 'better' future. 

Daisy's expertise includes design and synthetic biology. She curated 'Synthetic Aesthetics' (Stanford University/University of Edinburgh, 2010–2013), an international research project between synthetic biology, art and design, and is lead author of Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature (MIT Press, 2014). She led the curatorial team for Grow Your Own… Life After Nature, a flagship Wellcome-funded exhibition about synthetic biology at Science Gallery, Dublin (October 2013–January 2014). 

Daisy studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, design at Harvard University and Design Interactions MA at the Royal College of Art. She publishes, lectures and exhibits internationally, with work shown at MoMA New York, London’s Design Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Israel Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the National Museum of China. Talks include TEDGlobal, PopTech, Design Indaba and DLD. She received the World Technology Award for Design 2011 and the London Design Medal for Emerging Talent 2012, and is twice nominated for Designs of The Year (2011, 2015), with Designing for the Sixth Extinction described as “romantic, dangerous… and everything else that inspires us to change and question the world.”

Daisy leads Studio Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, an experimental design research studio.


EDUCATION

MA (RCA) Design Interactions
Dissertation: “Design Evolution: Microbes and the Everyday
Royal College of Art, London, UK
2007–2009

Visiting Student

Graduate School of Arts/Sciences & Graduate School of Design

Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
2005–2006


MA (Cantab) Architecture, First Class

First in graduating year

Best Overall Student, Purcell Miller Tritton Prize

Nomination, RIBA President's Medals Awards 

Dissertation: "Consuming Architecture: Exploring the Ethics of a Sustainable Brandscape”
University of Cambridge, UK
2001–2004


 

ADVISORY ROLES

Leonardo Group, Science Gallery London
2016- 

MIT Press European Academic Advisory Council
2016- 

 


RESIDENCIES, FELLOWSHIPS, COMMISSIONS, PROJECTS

Commission
Dezeen and MINI Frontiers
2014

Curator

V&A Late: Synthetic Aesthetics
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
April 2014

Artist in Residence

Warwick Centre for Integrative Synthetic Biology (WISB)

Warwick University, UK
2013–2014

Lead Curator

Grow Your Own... Life After Nature

Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2013-2014

Commission
Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2013

Commission
EDF Foundation, Paris, France
2013

Design Fellow

Synthetic Aesthetics

Stanford University, USA & University of Edinburgh, UK
2010–2013

EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Award
University of Southampton, UK
2011

Visiting Fellow

ESRC Genomics Forum

University of Edinburgh, UK
February 2010 

Workshop Curator/Leader

Synthesis

Arts Catalyst, University College London, University of Edinburgh
Wellcome Trust Arts Award, London, UK
2010–2011

Residency

SymbioticA, School of Anatomy and Human Biology

University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
2009 

Cofounder

AlterFutures

London, UK
2009

Co-organiser

The Long Now London

London, UK
2009 

General Public Agency

Project Coordinator

London, UK
2007 

Cofounder/Designer

Green Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
2005–2006

Architectural Assistant

Architecture + Urbanism Unit
Greater London Authority, London, UK
2005

JURIES

Core77 Design Awards Speculative Concepts Jury Captain
London, UK
2015

Design Indaba Innovation Award Jury
Cape Town, South Africa
2015

Dutch Design Award International Jury
Eindhoven, Holland
2014