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

Gretchen Von Koenig  

Historian • Researcher • Educator 

Jersey City, NJ |




PhD Student, History of Capitalism, Technology & Culture University of Delaware. Hagley Scholar 



M.A. History of Design & Curatorial Studies, Parsons School of Design, Cooper-Hewitt 

National Design Museum | Thesis: Undergraduate Industrial and Product Design Pedagogy & the History Curriculum: How We Teach History to Practitioners in Training (Advisor: Dr. Margot Bauman) 



B.S. Industrial Design & B.A. Theater Arts & Technology,  College of Architecture & 

Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology | Honors: School of Art & Design Medal, 

Highlander Leadership Award 


Teaching Experience 

2016 - 2022

Instructor of Design History & Theory Courses


Parsons School of Design, The New School. New York City, NY

PGIN 5000  Industrial Design History

PGID 5015  Form, Function & Meaning of Constructed Spaces (Interiors) 1400-2000

PLSD 3500  Advanced Research Seminar: Constructed Environments

PAMT3500  Advanced Research Seminar: Art & Design Practice


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

INT 310 History of Furniture

AD 490 History of Industrial Design

ID 390 Ethnographic & Market Research for Industrial Design

ARCH 390 Ethnographic Research for Architectural Design

AD 110 Communication in Art & Design


Michael Graves School of Design, Kean University. Union, NJ

AD 101 World History of Design: Pre History to Industrial Revolution

IND 300 History of Industrial Design 1850-2010


School of Art & Design, Montclair State University

PLVS 2000  History of Product Design 



Graduate Teaching Assistant, Parsons School of Design 

History of Modern Design, 1850-2000, Intro to Design Studies,

Intro to Visual Culture, Post-Election America


Professional Experience 2022


Editorial Assistant for Academic Programs, Winterthur Portfolio

Manuscript & Book Review Editorial Assistance

Research Assistant, University of Delaware Anti-Racism Initiative, Legacies of Dispossession 

& Enslavement Committee. February - June 2022. 



Editor, Dense Magazine. Design Shed, 501c3

Print publication that explores the relationship between the built environment and New Jersey,  the densest state in the US. Dense is  operated by DesignShed, a Montclair NJ based non-profit that aims to advance the awareness of design through programming and grantmaking. 



Deputy Director & Design Director, Art Fair 14c, Jersey City, NJ. Art Fair 14C, 501c3



Curator & Grant Specialist, Van Wagenen House (NRHP, 2006) Office of Cultural Affairs, 

City of Jersey City. COVID response April ‘20-August ‘20, managing all covid test results.

Grant Portfolio: Action Grant (New Jersey Council of the Humanities ),  Hudson Co. 

History Program (Hudson Co.Office of Tourism & Culture ), Cooperative Marketing Grant (NJ Tourism)

Curatorial work featured in New York Times: “More of Collector’s Dutch and British Objects to Go to Museums”. Eve Kahn, Art & Design Section, Jan 31, 2020. 


2017 - 19

Academic Advisor for BFA Product Design, Parsons School of Design


2018 - 20 Peer Reviewer

Council of Readers for College Arts Association - Conference Sessions

National Conference on the Beginning Design Student - Conference Sessions

Plots Journal of Design Studies - Journal Article Submissions  



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


2016- 17

Contributor on Design Education, Metropolis Magazine. Selected Writings: 

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

At Cooper Hewitt, Socially Responsible Design Takes Center Stage

RISD Students Disrupt the Gendered Nature of Wearable Tech

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

College for Creative Studies’ New MFA Pairs Design with Industry 

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

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

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



Contributor on Design, TL Magazine 



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



Archival Catalogger, Jim Wise Theater Archive, Newark NJ



Digital Researcher, Society of Architectural Historians, New York NY. Project 

SAH Archpedia, University of Pennsylvania. Under supervision of Dr. Gabrielle Esperdy


Academic Presentations


Design History Society, Paper Titled: “American Public Space and Capitalism: A Political 

Reading of Rest Stop Interior Design 1950-1970,” Session Moderated by Fredie Flore, session titled: “Commercial Transformations of Interiors,” Izmir, Turkey Sep 8-10, 2022.



College Art Association, Co-Chair Towards a Socialist History of US Design: The Material Culture of Progressive Movements with Rachel Hunnicutt, New York, Feb 12-15. Presenters: Prof. Amanda Horton (U. of Central Oklahoma), Alternative Movie Posters: An Examination of Progressive Practice in Film Poster Design. Jessica Fletcher (CUNY), The District Health Center in New York City: From "Wall Street's Back Yard" to City-Wide Program (1913-1937). Prof. Danielle Aubert (Wayne State), Contemporary Graphic Design on the Left. J. Dakota Brown (SAIC), Phototypesetting and the "Life-Cycle" of Socialism. Ellen Christen and Christopher Cote (San Francisco State), Common Goods: Everyday Objects in New Rituals of Care During the Covid-19 Pandemic.



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

Education with Colin Fanning, Chicago, Feb 12-15. Presenters: Prof. Holly Gore (UC Berkeley), Cooperative Projects: The Socially-Engaged Classroom of  Molly Gregory. Dr. Tim Stott (Dublin School of Creative Arts), Sim Van der Ryn’s Outlaw Building. PJ Carlino (BU), De-centering the Bauhaus: Industrial Design Education. Prof. Brockett Horne (MICA), Teaching Taste through Typography.



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, Session Co-Chair Teaching Design Studies: Practice, Methods, & 

Resources, with Dr. Carla Cesare, New York, Feb 14. Presenters: Claudia Marina (Parsons), Ephemeral Materiality: Problematizing Design, Dr. Kjetil Fallan (U. of Oslo), Making Design History Matter. Prof. Keren Ben-Horin and Sarah C. Byrd (FIT),  Teaching the Unpredictable: Co-Teaching in Museum Practicum Courses. Prof. Kenneth Segal & Dr. J. Ventura (Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem), Designing Cultural Objects: Cultural Design Anthropology as Innovation in the Classroom.

Panelist: Ellen Lupton (Cooper Hewitt), Dr. David Raizman (Drexel University)


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



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. 



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



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

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


Guest Lectures & Interviews


"Rest Stops as Sites of Politics," Guest Lectuer for Parsons-wide course Intro to Design Studies. 



The Future of Design Education, Interviewed by Renee Collins for Montclair Design Week


Design Education & Industry, Guest Lecturer at Pratt Institute MFA Industrial Design 



Guest Crit at Parsons Capstone Review, Senior Showcase, Parsons School of Design



Academic Publications


Inciting 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 Beginning Design Student. Published Sep. 2018.



Fellowships, Awards & Press


Research Assistantship, University of Delaware Anti Racism Initiative, Committee of 

Enslavement & Dispossession 



Health Hero for the City of Jersey City for Covid response on managing testing 

sites and constituent results. Managed results for all senior citizen housing. 



“More of Collector’s Dutch and British Objects to Go to Museums”,  New York Times feature 

on curatorial efforts at the Van Wagenen House, Gretchen Von Koenig interviewed by author Eve Kahn, Art & Design section, Jan 31, 2020. 



Parsons Part-Time Faculty Development Grant, Design History Society



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



Parsons Dean Scholarship



National Art Dealers’ Association Funding Recipient - Smithsonian Scholarship



Smithsonian Institute Fellow



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



Undergraduate Presidential Leadership Award, NJIT.



Student Excellence Award - Top Junior Industrial Design Student, College of Arch & Design



Professional Committee & Leadership 


Jersey City Arts Council 501c3, Grants committee 



Jersey City Arts Council (501c3), Co-Chair Architecture & Design Committee 

Exhibition: Urban Crossroads, Hudson County Community College



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



ADHT Graduate Symposium Organizer


Design Practice, Press & Awards


Design Director for Art Fair 14C, 501c3

Graphic Identity, Fair Infrastrucutre Design & Layout, Fair Maps and Apparel

Marketing Assets for artnet, NYTimes,, Hyperallergic & social media platforms and website 


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.



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. 



Graphic Designer, Jim Wise Theater, Newark NJ



Pillow Design, Cheaper than the Real Thing, selected for AmDC Field Day Exhibition at 

Wanted Design @ Industry City



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



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

Design Intern, POD Design, Principle Brooks Atwood



Graphic Designer, Newark Downtown District, Special Improvement District


Professional Development / Attended Conferences 


American Association of State & Local Histories, Co-Convened by Sites of Conscious, 

Philadelphia, PA


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


Mid Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, Atlantic City, NJ


Professional Membership Past & Current:

College Art Association of America

Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design

Design Research Society 

Industrial Designers Society of America

Design History Society

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