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Mirela Duculescu

Art critic Mirela Duculescu (born 1972) lives and works in Bucharest. She has a Bachelor's Degree in the Theory and History of Art (National University of Arts, Bucharest, 2000) and a Master of Arts Degree in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture (Alberta University, Canada, 2008), for which she wrote a dissertation on Democratic Design in the Cold War Period. With strong research background in the history of architecture and design, Mirela is a PhD student at the National University of Arts, Bucharest (2010-2013), focusing on Romanian Design between Democratic Design Issues and the Socialist Practice (1970-1990).

She has worked as editor-in-chief of DeSIGN Bulletin, written design reviews for IGLOO magazine, edited books and published numerous articles and essays for journals in her field. In 2006, together with architects Mariana Celac and ?erban Sturdza, Mirela laid the conceptual groundwork for the first urban culture event on Pictor Verona Street in Bucharest. A founding member of Arhiterra NGO (2006), she has organised cultural events for the Chamber of Romanian Architects, Mirela was vice-commissioner of the Romanian Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale (Bolt - ?erban Sturdza's team), invited producer for the Romanian Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Art Biennale (the Seductiveness of the Interval - curator Alina ?erban); Mirela is executive director of Simetria Publishing House for architecture and city-planning, associate lecturer in the Faculty of Interior Architecture at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture in Bucharest, where she teaches courses on Concepts in Design and Design History, and associate lecturer in the Faculty of Decorative and Design at National University of Arts in Bucharest, where she teaches a course on Design Theory. She is the author of the architectural monograph George Matei Cantacuzino (1890-1960) - arhitectura ca tem? a gândirii / Architecture as a Subject of Thought (Simetria 2010), and editor of the volume Archival Documents of Architecture in Romania. Preliminary Report for Cultural Policy (Simetria 2011). Currently, Mirela is a GE-NEC III research fellow/Getty Foundation with a research on Industrial Design in Romania: 1970-1980.­ 

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