is the design critic of the International Herald
Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times.
In her weekly Design
column, published in the IHT every Monday, Alice explores new directions
in every area of design and its impact on our lives. Her column is
syndicated to other newspapers and magazines worldwide.
A prominent broadcaster and public speaker, Alice speaks at important
international events including the annual meeting of the World Economic
Forum in Davos. Alice is a trustee of Arts Council England, the Michael
Clark Dance Company and the Whitechapel Gallery in London. She is also
chair of the board of trustees of the Chisenhale Gallery in London.
Born in Manchester, Alice graduated in art and architectural history
from Cambridge University. She then became an award-winning journalist
for the Financial Times, working as a foreign correspondent in Paris and
FT's coverage of the creative industries. From 2001 to 2006, Alice was
director of the Design Museum in London.
An honorary senior fellow of the Royal College of Art, she has served on
numerous cultural juries including the Turner Prize for contemporary
art, the Stirling Prize for architecture, the British Council’s
selection panel for the Venice Architecture Biennale, the PEN History
Book Prize, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Buckminster Fuller
Challenge and the BAFTA film and television awards.
Alice is a past chair of the British Council’s Design Advisory Group and
a past member of the Design Council and of the government’s advisory
panel on the BBC Charter Review. Before joining the board of Arts
Council England in 2007, Alice was ACE's lead advisor on the visual arts
and chaired the Turning Point Review of the Contemporary Visual Arts,
which led to a record increase in funding for the sector.
As well as contributing essays to a number of books on design and
contemporary culture, Alice is the author of an acclaimed biography of
the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Her next book, "Hello World:
Where Design Meets Life" on the changing role of design in our lives, is
to be published by Hamish Hamilton in March 2013.