University of Applied Arts Vienna
|Project Name||Professionalisation and its Discontents|
|Field of research||Design History|
|Keywords||design; professionalisation; professional identity; sociology of work; cultural work; gender|
Dr. Leah Armstrong is a design historian presently engaged as an FWF Richter-Program Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, on the research project ‘Professionalisation and its Discontents: Design 1930–1980’ in the department of Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna. She previously worked in research at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London, where she programmed the Design Culture Salons and at the Glasgow School of Art. She has also taught at undergraduate level on BA Humanities at the University of Brighton. In 2016, Leah was awarded a Smithsonian Baird Society Resident Scholar fellowship to undertake research in the Special Collections of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library, New York and is currently working on a monograph , provisionally entitled ‘Designing a Profession: The Changing Identity of the Designer in Britain and the United States, 1930-1980’. In 2020, she was elected as Fellow of the Young Academy at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW). In 2021 she was elected as Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Design History and is a member of the Editorial Board.