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Rowena Reed Kostellow Digital Archive

The scope and longevity of Rowena Reed Kostellow’s impact on 20th-century design is evident in this digital tribute to Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design program co-founder, professor, and former chair.

Sourced via open call from members of the Industrial Design department and broader community, these objects, ephemera, and stories pay homage to Kostellow’s tremendous career and wide-reaching influence on new generations of designers. The archive was curated with the assistance of an advisory group composed of current and former Pratt students, including those who worked closely with or were inspired by Rowena Reed Kostellow.

The Rowena Reed Kostellow Digital Archive was assembled with invaluable guidance from an advisory group comprised of the following members:

Linda Celentano, BID ’80
Tarik Currimbhoy, BID ’79 and Masters of Architecture ’88
Meghan Day, MID ’23
Kate Hixon, BID ’81
Rose Moon, BID ’23

Additional feedback was provided by Anita Cooney, Dean, School of Design and Ignacio Urbina Polo, Chair, Industrial Design.

Digital Archivist: Bucky Miller

Special thanks to Bronsin Ablon, Andress Belk, Eugene Bergmann, David Caccamo, Greg Durbin, Bruce Hannah, Debera Johnson, Jeff Kapec, Haig Khachatoorian, Edward D. Krent, Philip Kropf, Yihong (Hugo) Li, Alex Morpugo, John Muccicolo, Carl L. Olsen, Jerry Qu, Tom Patti, Gordon Randall Perry, Sharon Skolnick-Bangoli, Laura Lisa Smith, Karen Stone, Tucker Viemeister, Haiwen Yang.

The Rowena Reed Kostellow Digital Archive is made possible by the generous support of Laura Lisa Smith, Industrial Design ’77.