Helen Evenden

Visiting Design Scholar

Helen Evenden is a lecturer, writer, curator and commentator on design and architecture. She has lectured widely on the subject of architecture and design both in the UK and the USA. After graduating as the V&A Scholar in History of Design at the RCA she was awarded a Helen Hamlyn/Design Council Research position to improve briefing for Automotive Designers. For many years she was a tutor in the Vehicle Design Department and the Department of Critical and Historic Studies at the Royal College of Art where she was also the Carmen Research Fellow. She is currently a faculty member of Boston University, Mass., lecturing American students about the architectural development of London, a freelance curator and a Trustee of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

Helen has curated many exhibitions, including the Design Council’s international touring exhibition Great Expectations; 100 British Design Stories (with Libby Sellers) and Architecture and Democracy (with Deyan Sudjic). As Head of Education at the Design Museum she established the kid’s workshops and curated a number of automotive exhibitions, including E-Type: Story of a British Sports Car, When Flamino Drove to France: Flaminio Bertoni’s Designs for Citroen, a selection of British cars for the Designing Modern Britain exhibition, and a McLaren F1 Technology exhibition for the European Design Show. More recently she acted as Consultant Curator to the V&A for their first ever exhibition dedicated to the motor car and is currently collaborating with Lord Foster on Motion, Autos, Art, Architecture for the Guggenheim, Bilbao.

Helen writes widely on design, contributing to magazines from Design Week and Domus, to Top Gear and Another Magazine. She was a contributing design editor for Intersection, car culture magazine. She is author of Architecture and Democracy (with Deyan Sudjic), ‘Moving Forward: New Directions in Transport Design’ a review of contemporary transport design for V&A Publications and ‘Slow Flow: 30 years of Transport in London’ London: From Punk to Blair.‘

BA, University of the Arts London
MA, Royal College of Art


Summer 2022
Gavin Hogben, Helen Evenden
Fall 2021
Advanced Design Studio: futureNOMAD
Steven Harris, Helen Evenden, Gavin Hogben