Vera Sacchetti
former assistant
Curriculum vitae

Vera Sacchetti (Lisbon, 1983) is a Basel-based design critic and curator. She serves in a variety of curatorial, research and editorial roles, most recently as one half of the curatorial initiative Foreign Legion, and as associate curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, A School of Schools. Sacchetti is co-curator of TEOK Basel and co-founder of the editorial consultancy Superscript. She was curatorial advisor for the BIO 50 Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and with Superscript, headed the “Towards a New Avant-Garde” event series at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. She has recently edited Design as a Tool for Transition: The Atelier Luma Approach; and Design As Learning: A School of Schools Reader. Her writing has appeared in Disegno, Metropolis, and The Avery Review, among others. In 2020, Sacchetti joined the Federal Design Commission of the Swiss Confederation.

  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, Class of 2011 | MFA Design Criticism, Fulbright scholar
  • MFA thesis "Design Crusades: Considering the Shortcomings of Social Design in the United States"
  • New University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2006-2008 | Post-graduation, Contemporary/Post-colonial Culture
  • University of Porto, Portugal, Class of 2006 | BFA Communication Design

Selected teaching/leading
  • Lecturer, Seminar Architecture Criticism, GTA, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland | Spring 2020
  • Workshop leader, Design as Learning: Re-edit, Porto Design Biennale, Porto, Portugal | September 2019
  • Speaker, Hurra Hurra Festival, Burg Halle, Halle, Germany | June 2019
  • Speaker, Digital Bauhaus 2019: Learning Design conference, Weimar, Germany | June 2019
  • Speaker, School Fundamental festival, Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany | March 2019
  • Speaker, Tuesday Night Lecture Series, MA Design Criticism department, SVA, New York, NY | October 2018
  • Speaker, Design Positions series, MA Public Interest Design, University of Wuppertal, Germany | June 2018
  • Moderator, Beyond Change, Swiss Design Network Conference, Basel, Switzerland | March 2018
  • Moderator, ECAL Research Day, Lausanne, Switzerland | October 2017
  • Speaker, "Making and Unmaking the Environment", Design History Society Annual Conference, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway | 2017
  • Speaker, "Sociable Museum", MuseumsNext, Geneva, Switzerland | 2015
  • Speaker, "Post-World's End Architecture", 3rd Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal | 2013
  • Speaker, "Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives", Design History Society Annual Conference, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India | 2013
  • Co-founder, The Architecture and Design Book Club, New York, NY | 2011-2013
  • Speaker, "Present Tense, The 2011 D-Crit Conference", New York, NY | 2011
  • Guest lecturer and critic, HGK-FHNW Basel University of the Arts, HKB–Bern University of the Arts, HEAD-Genève, School of Visual Arts (NYC), Domus Academy (Milan), University of Lisbon, School of Art and Design Caldas da Rainha, among others | 2010–ongoing

Awards and distinctions
  • Member of the Federal Design Commission, Federal Office of Culture, Swiss Confederation | 2020-ongoing
  • Member of the Innovative Citizen Participation Network, OECD | 2019-ongoing
  • Nominee Swiss Art Awards (Mediation/Curation), Federal Office of Culture Switzerland | 2019
  • Design History Society Postgraduate Essay Prize, Design History Society | 2011
  • Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievements in Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts | 2011
  • Silas H. Rhodes Scholar, School of Visual Arts | 2010-2011
  • Fulbright Scholarship for the Pursuit of Masters Studies in the U.S. | 2008-2011