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Ashley Mendelsohn is an architecture curator, educator, and multidisciplinary designer focused on engaging and strengthening communities by demystifying the barriers to access and understanding. 


Mendelsohn previously held positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Curatorial, Exhibition Design and Visitor Experience. In her most recent role, Assistant Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, she coordinated the final stages of the Frank Lloyd Wright building’s UNESCO World Heritage designation and played a pivotal creative role as the featured voice in the 99% Invisible-produced building audio guide, which has garnered more than 1 million downloads to date. During her tenure, she supported the organization and design of various exhibitions, workshops, and symposia, including Guggenheim Helsinki Now (2015), Åzone Futures Market (2015), Architecture Effects (2018) at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and Countryside, The Future (2020). Mendelsohn holds a master’s degree in design studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a bachelor of architecture from Cornell University, and has taught at both institutions. At Harvard, she founded the GSD Kirkland Gallery, which continues to serve as the only student-run gallery on campus. Mendelsohn currently sits on the advisory boards of Madame Architect, a platform for celebrating women in architecture and Impact Wrkshp, an organization that builds community through design advocacy.



BOARDS AND JURIES 
• Future of Ontario Place Project, A Call for Counter-Proposals, Jury Member 2020-21
• Van Alen Institute, Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Installation, Nominator 2020
• Impact Wrkshp, Advisory Board Member 2020
• Madame Architect, Advisory Board Member 2019 - present


AWARDS
• World Wide Storefront Competition Winner 2014
• Dimitris Pikionis Award, for outstanding performance in the Master in Design Studies Program May 2014
• Harvard Graduate School of Design Urban Project Prize May 2014
• Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Fund Jan 2014
• Harvard Bok Center Certificate Of Teaching Excellence Spring 2013 + Fall 2013
• Harvard Global Health Institute International Research Fellowship Summer 2013




PUBLICITY
• Interviewed by Madame Architect: Curator on the Rise: Ashley Mendelsohn on Making Plans and Finding Fulfillment (2018)
• Graduate Thesis Learning From District Six: Drawing on Cape Town (2014) featured in Harvard’s GSD Platform 7 and Design Observer


INVITED GUEST CRITIC
Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning • Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation  •  Harvard Graduate School of Design •  New Jersey Institute of Technology Hillier College of Architecture and Design •  Pratt Institute School of Architecture

EDUCATION
Harvard Graduate School Of Design
Master in Design Studies with distinction
Cornell University College Of Architecture, Art And Planning
Bachelor of Architecture

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