Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic OBE (born 6 September 1952)[3] is a British writer and broadcaster, specialising in the fields of design and architecture. He was formerly the director of the Design Museum, London.[4]

Deyan Sudjic
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Sudjic in 2013
Born (1952-09-06) 6 September 1952 (age 68)
London, England, UK
EducationLatymer Upper School, London
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
OccupationDirector, Writer, Broadcaster
Known forDirector, Design Museum, London (2006—2020)
Editor, Domus (2000—2004)
Director, Venice Architecture Biennale (2002)
Director, Glasgow's UK City of Architecture and Design programme (1999)
Co-founder, later Editor and Editorial Director, Blueprint architecture magazine (1983)
Spouse(s)Sarah Miller[1]
ChildrenOlivia Sudjic[2]

Life and careerEdit

Sudjic was educated at Latymer Upper School,[5] at the time a Direct Grant Grammar School,[6] based in Hammersmith in West London. He attended the University of Edinburgh.[6] He grew up in Acton, London; his parents, who were immigrants from Yugoslavia, spoke Serbo-Croatian at home.[7] His father worked for the BBC World Service.[8]

In 1970, as a teen, he contributed to Schoolkids OZ, the subject of an obscenity trial the following year.[9]

Sudjic was the design and architecture critic for The Observer, the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, and co-chair of the Urban Age Advisory Board.[4][10]

In 1983, he co-founded, with Peter Murray and Simon Esterson, Blueprint, a monthly architecture magazine and went on to be the magazine's editor and then its editorial director. From 2000–04, he was the editor of Domus. In 2000, he was made OBE.[11]

He was the director of Glasgow's UK City of Architecture and Design program in 1999, and the director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. Sudjic became director of the Design Museum in 2006.

In 2012, Sudjic was awarded an honorary degree from the University for the Creative Arts.[10]

Sudjic has contributed to The Guardian,[12] the London Review of Books,[13] and other publications.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Cult Objects. Paladin Books. 1985. ISBN 0-586-08483-5.
  • Cult Heroes: How To Be Famous For More Than Fifteen Minutes. Andre Deutsch. 1989. ISBN 0-233-98355-4.
  • The 100 Mile City. Harcourt. 1993. ISBN 0-15-642357-X.
  • Ron Arad. Laurence King Publishing. 2001. ISBN 1-85669-258-2.
  • Norman Foster and the British Museum (edited with Spencer De Grey, written by Norman Foster). Prestel Verlag. 2001. ISBN 3-7913-2541-8.
  • John Pawson Themes and Projects. Phaidon. 2004. ISBN 0-7148-4452-7.
  • Future Systems. Phaidon. 2006. ISBN 0-7148-4469-1.
  • The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World. Penguin. 2006. ISBN 0-14-101672-8.
  • The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects. W.W. Norton. 2009. ISBN 978-0-393-07081-1.
  • Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture. Weidenfeld. 2010. ISBN 978-0-297-85868-3.
  • B is for Bauhaus. Particular Books (an imprint of Penguin). 2014. ISBN 9780140515930.
  • Ettore Sottsass and the Poetry of Things. Phaidon. 2015. ISBN 9780714869537.


  1. ^ Liz Hoggard (17 March 2016). "My design London: Deyan Sudjic, director of the capital's Design Museum". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 March 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Sarah Miller - CEO Sarah Miller and Partners, Founding Editor-in-Chief Condé Nast Traveller London". London Culture Destinations Awards. 2016. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 6 September 2014. p. 50.
  4. ^ a b LSE: "Advisory board"; retrieved 17 May 2013
  5. ^ "Distinguished Latymerians". Latymer Upper School. May 2016. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "The Inventory: Deyan Sudjic". The Financial Times. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  8. ^ Sudjic, Deyan (29 April 2006). "The building blocks of a boy's life". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  9. ^ Murray, Charles Shaar (2 August 2001). "I was an Oz schoolkid". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b "UCA honorary degrees 2012". University for the Creative Arts. Retrieved 7 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Directorate". Design Museum. Fabrique & Q42. Retrieved 4 July 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ "Deyan Sudjic". the Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Deyan Sudjic · LRB". Retrieved 4 July 2017.

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