Barry Katz was educated at McGill University in Montréal and the London School of Economics, and holds a doctorate from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is Professor of Design at California College of the Arts and Consulting Professor in the Design Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University. Outside of academia he is a Fellow at IDEO, Silicon Valley’s leading design and innovation consultancy, and a Fellow at the i-School, University of Tokyo. He consults to companies, organizations, and governments worldwide.
Dr. Katz' training is in cultural theory and the history of technology, and his earlier works include Herbert Marcuse and the Art of Liberation (Verso), Foreign Intelligence: Research and Analysis in the Office of Strategic Services, 1942–1945 (Harvard University Press), and Technology and Culture: A Historical Romance (Stanford University Press). His recent research explores themes in the history and theory of design, including Change By Design, with Tim Brown (Harper Collins, 2009) and NONOBJECT, with Branko Lukic (MIT Press, 2010); a new book, Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley Design, will be published by MIT Press in September 2015.
Barry has served as Executive Editor of the Design Book Review and Contributing Author to magazines such as I.D., Metropolis, and Dwell, and his writings on the history and philosophy of design have appeared in many academic, professional, and popular journals. He is serving as Academic Convenor of the Annual Conference of the Design History Society, which will be hosted by CCA in 2015. He has an extremely short attention span and easily becomes interested in new things.
BA, McGill University
MS, London School of Economics
PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
Teaches: History of Interaction Design