Clive Dilnot is Professor of Design Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons. He has taught at Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in England and Hong Kong. He has been a visiting professor at UTS Sydney, UIC Chicago, University of Brighton and Rhode Island School of Design. He has lectured, given keynote addresses and acted as a visiting critic at universities worldwide.
Originally educated as a fine artist and then in social theory with the Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, his teaching and writing have focused on design history, theory and criticism but his work includes the study of ethics—a subject he addressed in his book Ethics? Design? published in 2005—and he has written and taught in fields ranging from aesthetics and art theory to photography. He published the co-authored Design and the Question of History in 2014; has recently edited The John Heskett Reader: History, Design, Economics (2016) and Design & The Creation of Value (2017) and is preparing a four volume series of collected papers, Rethinking Design (On History, On Ethics, On Knowledge, On Configuration) for publication 2017–18.