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Richard Lombard

Visiting Assistant Professor


Richard Lombard holds an undergraduate degree in Russian Studies (BS, Dartmouth) and a graduate degree in International Finance (MBA, Columbia); but don’t hold that against him. Before returning to Academia to teach, he worked for a number of years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Communications) and Sotheby’s (Editorial for, and later landed at Material ConneXion, (at the time) one of the only dedicated materials resources in the world. There, Richard was in charge of global design conferences, their quarterly publication MATTER, and ongoing relationships with art and design schools. In these capacities, he forged relationships with many of the top designers and schools in the world. After many years advising universities on the benefits of a materials library, Richard traveled to the Middle East to practice what he had been preaching; and built the first academic materials library in the region, located in Doha, Qatar. Parallel to creating the resource, he taught materials in the graduate program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, as well as Design Strategies and Ethics for Business. After leaving the region, Richard taught in the graduate school for design at Politecnico di Milano, has been lecturing for a number of North American universities, while also advising designers, architects, and schools in the area of materials.

BA Russian Studies – Dartmouth College
MBA International Finance – Columbia University