Aidan is a curator, educator, and consultant with 17 years’ experience in Design + Culture.
A member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, she has worked in curatorial departments at MoMA, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and guest curated exhibitions for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and Vandalorum in Sweden.
Additional experiences include directing strategic initiatives at AIGA, the national association for design, and managing the National Design Awards at Cooper Hewitt. She recently completed a three-year term as an Architecture & Design panelist with the New York State Council on the Arts.
Now working independently, she applies a broad expertise in modern and contemporary design to exhibitions, strategy, content, and programming projects for design agencies, nonprofits, and corporate partners. She also teaches at the graduate level, including “Origins of Contemporary Communication Design” at Pratt Institute and “Approaches to Design History” at SVA.
Aidan holds an MA in design history from Parsons/Cooper Hewitt and a BA in archaeology and social anthropology from Harvard. Special interests include design for children, Nordic cultures, responsible and sustainable design, technology, pop culture, gender studies, diversity & inclusion, and STEAM education.