Most recognize Dawn Barrett as the international designer, artist, and professor who was also the 11th president of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Before which Dawn was Dean of the Architecture and Design Division at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, a role in which Barrett oversaw seven departments including undergraduate and graduate programs in Apparel Design, Architecture, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
In addition to her administrative and faculty experience, Barrett contributes to the field of design through research and practice. She has an active design and consulting practice, with professional commissions and assignments which have included Duke University; Maryland Institute College of Arts; Imaging Research Center-UMBC, Studio Dumbar-The Hague, PTT Nederland, and the Royal Post in Denmark. Barrett’s curatorial work includes research and co-curation of a number of design exhibitions for such venues as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Barrett is editor of the book Interface: an approach to design, by Gui Bonsiepe (1998, Maastricht), and co-editor of the anthology, Infinite Radius: Founding Rhode Island School of Design (2008, Providence). Her critical writing connects the disciplines of visual culture, history, design and architecture and has appeared in a number of journals including Parallax, Zed, Visible Language, Archis, and Aspect.