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Helen Evenden

PhD Work


  • Helen Evenden
  • PhD


    School of Design


    Intelligent Mobility, 2012–

  • Helen Evenden is a lecturer writer, curator and commentator on design and architecture.

    After achieving a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in the History of Decorative Arts, she became the Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum scholar, graduating with an MA in History of Design from the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum. Her thesis was a record of the development of petrol station design in the USA and the UK entitled ‘Packaging Petroleum’.

    She has lectured widely on the subject of roadside architecture, environments for the car and the discipline of vehicle design both in the UK and the USA and was awarded a Helen Hamlyn/Design Council Research position to consider methods to improve briefing Automotive Designers and the identity of London’s transport.  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, London’s landmark buildings and the history of London’s transport.

    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), an exhibition and book about parliamentary architecture commissioned by the Scottish Office. As Head of Education at the Design Museum she established the kid’s workshops, including the highly acclaimed Vroom, Vroom car design activity sessions. Helen has selected and curated a number of automotive exhibitions for the Design Museum, including E-Type: Story of a British Sports Car (2004), When Flamino Drove to France: Flaminio Bertoni’s Designs for Citroen (2003), a selection of British cars for the Designing Modern Britain exhibition (2005), and a McLaren F1 Technology exhibition for the European Design Show (2004).

    Helen writes regularly 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 and has recently contributed to the Lexus corporate magazine. She is author of a number of publications including Architecture and Democracy (with Deyan Sudjc), the 'Slow Flow: 30 years of Transport in London' for London essay in From Punk to Blair, author of ‘Moving Forward: New Directions in Transport Design’ a review of contemporary transport design for V&A Publications (2007) and is currently working on a book about London’s architecture.