Apples & Oranges

Spring 2015 Student Lecture Series: Alexandra Lange

Apples & Oranges

© Boston Architectural College; Video by: Matt Gelineau

March 11, 2015

Abstract: Alexandra Lange is often asked, "What's a design critic?" And, "Can you make a living at that?" In this lecture, she will show what a design critic does all day and how, indeed, she makes money, highlighting the juxtapositions that the critic turns into narratives. Topics include modern art and cake, the 3D printer and the sewing machine, Obama and fruit labels, and Apple and greenwashing.

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic. Her essays, reviews, and features have appeared in Architect, Domus, Dwell, Medium, Metropolis, New York Magazine, the New Yorker blog, and the New York Times. She has been a featured writer at Design Observer and has a monthly Opinion column at Dezeen. She has taught architecture criticism in the Design Criticism Program at the School of Visual Arts and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at New York University. During academic year 2013–2014, she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Alexandra has lectured widely at universities and museums, on topics ranging from the history of women architecture critics to the opulent modernism of Alexander Girard to the proper use of social media for designers.