Curating Identity: An interview with Maria McLintock

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Image: Ed Reeves, courtesy of the Design Museum

Educator, writer and assistant curator at the Design Museum, London, Maria McLintock talks about her involvement in curating the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition and the types of projects that she has found most relevant to the theme of identity. She also talks to us about ethics and her personal project outside of being a curator, which looks at bureaucratic structures and technologies that impact the process of seeking asylum in Europe.

You can watch her interview here.

Maria McLintock 


Maria McLintock is an educator, curator and writer. She works as an Assistant Curator at the Design Museum, London, where she has co-developed the shows David Adjaye: Making Memory (2019) and Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers (2020), among others. She is also a Visiting Lecturer in architectural history and theory at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick, and an Associate Lecturer in design at University of the Arts, London. She has written on the intersections of architecture, migration and social systems for publications such as Architectural Review and Failed Architecture. In 2016, she co-founded a research project called System of Systems that addresses the use of technology and bureaucracy in the asylum-seeking process in Europe. She recently completed a master’s in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where she specialised in borders, nationhood and critical spatial practice.