A list of what I have done with my (Professional)life

Gretchen Von Koenig  

Historian • Researcher • Educator 

Jersey City, NJ |gvonkoenig@gmail.com



2018 M.A. History of Design & Curatorial Studies

Parsons School of Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum 

Thesis: Undergraduate Industrial and Product Design Pedagogy and the History Curriculum: How We Teach History to Practitioners in Training


2015 B.S. Industrial Design 

B.A. Technical Theater & Set Design 

New Jersey Institute of Technology


Professor of Record 

Parsons School of Design, The New School | New York, NY 

• Form, Function, & Meaning of Constructed Spaces from 15th to 20th Centuries, PGID 5015  | Fall 2019

• Constructed Environments: Advanced Research Seminar, PLSD 3500 | Fall 2018, 2019

• Art + Design Practice: Advanced Research Seminar, PLHT 3500 | Spring 2019


Hillier College of Architecture & Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology | Newark, NJ

History of Furniture - INT 310 | Fall 2017, 2018, 2019

• History of Industrial Design, ID 3310 |  Spring 2018, 2020

• Ethnographic & Market Research for Design Process - ID 310 |  Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, Spring 2019

• Communication in Art & Design: Digital Media - AD 112 | Spring 2017


Michael Graves School of Architecture & Design, Kean University | Union, NJ

• History of Industrial Design, AD 490 | Spring 2018 


Professional Experience 

2019- Curator & Grant Specialist, Office of Cultural Affairs. Jersey City, NJ for Apple Tree House

Action Grant, New Jersey Council of the Humanities 

Cooperative Marketing Grant, NJ Tourism Grant


2019- Assistant Director, Art Fair 14c, Jersey City, NJ. 


2019 - 17 Academic Advisor for BFA Product Design, Parsons School of Design


2017- 16 Contributor on Design Education, Metropolis Magazine 

Selected Writings: 

Peter Zellner’s New Architecture School: No Tuition & a Radical Curriculum

How to Get More Minority Students in Architecture? Look to 1968

At Cooper Hewitt, Socially Responsible Design Takes Center Stage

“Baltimore Is a Blank Slate,” and That Makes It Ripe for a New Design Program

RIT Spearheads Program to Attract Deaf Students to Technical Design

RISD Students Disrupt the Gendered Nature of Wearable Tech

Diversity Champions: 8 Schools That Aren’t Just Paying Lip Service To Diversity 

Get Licensed While in Architecture School? Deans Weigh in

College for Creative Studies’ New MFA Pairs Design with Industry Savvy

The 7 Best Sustainable Design Courses in America

The New School’s New Hire Asserts Design’s Role in the Refugee Crisis

SCI-Arc Launches Scholarship for L.A. Public School Students

Diane Lewis, Architect and Cooper Union Professor, Dies

Book Review, David Brody’s Housekeeping by Design (Print only)


2017-16 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Parsons School of Design  

History of Modern Design, 1850-2000

Intro to Design Studies

Intro to Visual Culture 

Post-Election America


2017-16 Contributor on Design, TL Magazine 

2016-15 Educational Fellow, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY. 

2015 Curatorial Intern, Brooklyn Museum, Department of Decorative Arts, Brooklyn, NY. 

2015-12 Archivist, Jim Wise Theater Archive, Newark NJ

2012-13 Digital Archivist, Society of Architectural Historians, New York NY

Academic Presentations: 

2020 College Art Association, Co-Chair Beyond the Bauhaus: Histories of American Design 

Education with Colin Fanning, Chicago, Feb 12-15.


2019 Design History Society “American Industry & Design Schools: Tracing Influence from 

Enterprise to Education” School of Art, Design and Social Sciences Northumbria University Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Sep 8-10. 


College Art Association, Co-Chair Teaching Design Studies: Practice, Methods, & Resources, 

with Carla Cesare, New York, Feb 14. 


National Conference on the Beginning Design Student  “History As Context: Case Study on Activating History Classroom”  University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 12-14. 


2018 Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives, Questions and Methods “Chicago and the Precedent 

Of Design Education: Pedagogy, Curricula, and Capitalist Influences” School of the Art 

Institute of Chicago, November 8-10.


National Conference on the Beginning Design Student  “Iciting Criticality in Design Education: How We Teach History to Product Design Students”  University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 1-3. 


2017 Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association, “Bauhaus: A Capitalist Fetish Beyond Socialist 

Intentions & Historical Representations”, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2017

Parsons Graduate Symposium, “Business Practices of the Bauhaus & The Bard Textbook”, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY May 4-6


2016 Parsons Graduate Symposium Spring 2016 “Bruce Rogers & Modernism: How Euclid Changed 

His Aesthetic”, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY May3-4


Academic Publications: 

2018 “Iciting Criticality in Design Education: How We Teach History to Product Design Students” 

University of Cincinnati, vol. 34 no. 1 (2018): The 34th National Conference on the Begining Design Student. Published Sep. 2018.


Honors & Awards:

2019 Parsons Faculty Development Fund Awardee, Design History Society Annual Conference 2019

2018 Research Development Stipend, Office of Student Success, Parsons School of Design

2018-15 Parsons Dean Scholarship

2017 National Art Dealers’ Association Funding Recipient - Smithsonian Scholarship

2016 National Art Dealers’ Association Funding Recipient - Smithsonian Scholarship

2016-15 Smithsonian Institute Fellow

2015 School of Art & Design Medal, College of Architecture and Design, NJIT

Professional Committee & Leadership 

2020 College Art Association Council of Readers. A group of 66 selected scholars to review and  

evaluate over 800 submissions for sessions yielding 226 sessions for the annual conference.


2019-18 Jersey City Arts Council, Architecture & Design Committee 

Exhibition: Urban Crossroads, Hudson County Community College


2018-17 Co-Chair - Assessment Committee for Institutional Effectiveness

Faculty Advisor, IDSA Student Chapter, Parsons School of Design 

Faculty Advisor, Alpha Rho Chi, New Jersey Institute of Technology 

Committee Member - Assessment Committee for Academic Advising Surveys 

Committee Member - Careers Committee for Academic Advising


2017 ADHT Graduate Symposium Organizer


Design Practice, Press & Awards

2016 Seed Packet Design selected for GROWTH Exhibition, NYCxDesign, Astor Place

Sponsored by AmDC, The Sill & NYC Department of Design & Construction. 

Seed Packets, collaboration with artist Allison Underwood.

2016-14 Studio Manager, Kiel Mead Designs, Brooklyn NY

Sales Representative, American Design Club, Brooklyn NY

Helped organize public shows for NYCxDesign events, public shows in Astor Place, Times Square and in various Design shows such as Wanted Design, ArchDigest Show & NYNow. 

2015-12 Graphic Designer, Jim Wise Theater, Newark NJ

2014 Rubber Ottoman, featured in DesignMilks Best in Show for ICFF 2014 

2013 Design Intern, WorkHorse Design, Set design for Radiolab live show Apocalyptical

Design Intern, POD Design, Principle Brooks Atwood

2012 Graphic Designer, Newark Downtown District, Special Improvement District


Research Positions:

2017 Research Assistant to Caroline Dionne, Towards a Theory of Participatory Design Methods

2016 Researcher for Education Department, Cooper Hewitt for development of new Docent 

Training on Question Based Learning

2014-13 Digital Researcher for SAH Archpedia, University of Pennsylvania. Under supervision of G. 



Professional Development / Attended Conferences 

2018 Assessment Institute, National Association of Academic Advising, Daytona Beach, FL

2016 Mid Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, Atlantic City, NJ


Professional Membership:

College Art Association of America

Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design

Design Research Society 

Industrial Designers Society of America

Design History Society