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Dezeen's new Opinion columnists: Dan Hill, Alexandra Lange, Kieran Long and Justin McGuirk.

Following the huge success of Sam Jacob’s regular opinion column, we’re proud to announce that four more world-class writers are joining us as columnists: Dan Hill, Alexandra Lange, Kieran Long and Justin McGuirk.

They’ll each be contributing a monthly column starting this month (apart from Alexandra, who will be joining us in January due to her commitments at Harvard).

Sam Jacob’s next column will appear tomorrow and after that we’ll publish an Opinion piece by one of our writers every week.

Here are some biographical details of our new writing team:

Dezeen Opinion writer: Dan Hill

Dan Hill

Dan Hill is CEO of Fabrica, a communications research centre and design studio based in Treviso, Italy. A designer and urbanist, he has previously held design leadership positions at Sitra (the Finnish Innovation Fund) in their influential Strategic Design Unit, at Arup as foresight and innovation leader for the Australasian region, at Monocle, as web and broadcast director, and the BBC, as head of interactive technology and design.

Dan is an adjunct professor in the Design, Architecture and Building faculty at University of Technology, Sydney. His blog City of Sound covers the intersection between cities, design, culture and technology, and his books include "Dark Matter & Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary" (Strelka Press, 2012).

Dezeen Opinion writer: Alexandra Lange

Alexandra Lange

New York-based architecture and design critic Alexandra Lange has contributed essays, reviews, and features to publications including Domus, Metropolis, New York Magazine, the New Yorker blog, and the New York Times. Lange is a featured writer at Design Observer and has taught architecture criticism in the Design Criticism Program at the School of Visual Arts and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at New York University. She is a Loeb Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Design for academic year 2013-2014.

Lange is the author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), a primer on how to read and write architecture criticism, as well as the e-book The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism (Strelka Press, 2012), which considers the message of the physical spaces of Facebook, Google, and Apple.

Dezeen Opinion writer: Justin McGuirk

Justin McGuirk

Justin McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator based in London. He is the director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow. He has been the design columnist for The Guardian, the editor of Icon magazine and the design consultant to Domus. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank.

Dezeen Opinion writer: Kieran Long

Kieran Long

Kieran Long is Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Most of his career has been spent as a critic, writer and editor for a wide variety of publications about architecture. He was deputy editor Icon magazine, editor in chief of the Architects' Journal and the Architectural Review, and is currently the architecture critic for the Evening Standard newspaper.

Kieran presents Restoration Home and the forthcoming series The £100,000 House for the BBC and was principal assistant to David Chipperfield for the 2012 International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

Long’s books include Common Ground: A Critical Reader, which came out last year to coincide with the biennale. He has taught at the Royal College of Art, London Metropolitan University, Greenwich University and Kingston University, and an invited lecturer at Yale University, KTH Stockholm, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the Swiss Architecture Forum, and many other universities and institutions in the UK.

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  • apocalipstick

    Thumbs up for this.
    It makes Dezeen all the more interesting.

  • Ian Nairn

    All good writers but…same old faces (actually same old faces using the SAME old mugshots). Elevated indifference. I suppose the proof will be in whether this outlet is used to pursue a radically different agenda/voice/critical method to that which each practices elsewhere.

  • that guy

    I think i’d rather see more practising designers points of view, rather than critics and writers.

    • Ian Nairn

      For what reason?

      • that guy

        It’s nice to have a variety of viewpoints.

  • MiniMal

    Do you have to wear rose-tinted glasses to have an opinion?

  • http://www.dynamichrome.com Jordan J. Lloyd

    Really, *really* pleased Dan Hill is writing for Dezeen. His work with the Helsinki Design Lab was absolutely top notch and in my opinion, the real future for fulfilling design’s potential as a genuine vehicle for change.

    I recommend everyone go and buy his book Dark Matter & Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary: http://www.strelka.com/press_en/dark-matter-and-trojan-horses-dan-hill/?lang=en