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Priya Khanchandani

Dezeen Awards 2021 judge Priya Khanchandani

British writer and curator Priya Khanchandani is the head of curatorial at the Design Museum in London.

Through exhibitions and text, her work pushes the boundaries of design and uses the material environment as a lens to understand the world in which we live.

The first female editor of design and architecture magazine Icon, Khanchandani was nominated as Fiona Macpherson New Editor of the Year. After an early career as a lawyer at a magic circle firm, she began her arts career at the Victoria and Albert Museum and then at the British Council. She has since curated at international forums and published widely on design.

Khanchandani received a distinction in the history of design from the Royal College of Art. She also read modern languages at the University of Cambridge. She was on the board of Chisenhale Gallery for five years and is now a trustee of The Hepworth Wakefield and Engage. An advocate for diversity in the arts, she is a co-founder of the collective Museum Detox.

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