Retrospective Archiving

Designing the Future Through Retrospective Archiving

A virtual roundtable on retrospective archiving and its implications

In support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. To understand history, we must save our journey, how we arrived at history. For that, we look to the heroes of the breadcrumbs – archivists whose superpower is deliberate curation and the preservation of evidence and thinking.


Join us in a virtual roundtable on Sunday, September 26th.

When: Sunday, September 26th

Cost: FREE




Event Speakers

Emily M. Orr, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary American Design, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Emily Orr

Emily M. Orr is the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary American Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum. Her exhibitions at Cooper Hewitt include Botanical Expressions (2019-20) and Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer (2020-21). Emily M. Orr is the author of Designing the Department Store: Display and Retail at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Bloomsbury, 2019).


Andy Law, Professor, Rhode Island School of Design

Andy Law is probably best described as an experience designer. He gets very excited about the culture, correspondence and interesting friction in all kinds of networks, including production, education, telecommunication, transaction, entrepreneurial and social. At RISD he works with graduate and undergraduate students, asking them to investigate and challenge contemporary design issues. Law’s recent professional work includes establishing and directing the Erlend Williamson Artist Fellowship – a charitable residency based on Orkney Island in Scotland – and acting as a commissioner for the city of Providence on the Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability


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