Zoë Ryan is a British curator and writer. She is the Chair and John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her exhibitions include the forthcoming: “Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, and Sandra Backlund” (2012); as well as “Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention” (2011); “Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design,” (2010); “Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design” (2009); and “Graphic Thought Facility: Resourceful Design” (2008). Prior to working at the Art Institute, Zoë was Senior Curator at the Van Alen Institute in New York where she organized numerous exhibitions including “The Good Life: New Public Spaces for Recreation” (2006) and wrote and edited books on the design of public space.
Zoë is regularly called upon as a lecturer, critic, and juror, and her writing on architecture and design has been published internationally. She is the author of numerous publications including “Building with Water: Concepts, Typology, Design” (Birkhäuser, 2010). Zoë is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches an interdisciplinary design seminar.
Useless (the book)