Rory Hyde is a designer, curator and writer based in Melbourne. His work is focused on new forms of design practice for the public good, and redefining the role of the designer today.
He is Associate Professor of Architecture (Curatorial Design and Practice) at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne; and a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London. From 2013 to 2020 he was the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
He studied architecture at RMIT University in Melbourne, where he also completed his PhD on the impact of new technology on small architectural practice. He has worked as a designer for various architecture practices and institutions in Australia and abroad, including ARM, BKK, MVRDV, Volume, Mediamatic and the NAi.
From 2013 Hyde was at the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design, where he co-curated the exhibitions All of This Belongs to You (2015) and The Future Starts Here (2018), a major exhibition on the future of design. He is part of the team behind Rapid Response Collecting, an innovative curatorial project which has been featured widely in the media.
From 2003 to 2013 he co-hosted the weekly radio show The Architects on Triple R, which was awarded the AIA Award for Architecture in the Media, and invited to represent Australia at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
His writing on architecture and the future of design practice has been featured in various newspapers and journals including The Economist, The Guardian, Harvard Design Magazine, Domus, and Blueprint, as well as a regular column for Architecture Australia. His first book, Future Practice: Conversations from the Edge of Architecture (Routledge 2012), was awarded an Australian Institute of Architects prize for architecture in the media. The new book Architects After Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice, co-edited with Harriet Harriss and Roberta Marcaccio, is published in December 2020.