- B.A. History, UCLA
- M.A. Art History, UC Davis
- Ph.D. Coursework in American Studies, New York University
Allison Arieff is the editorial director of the Bay Area-based urban planning and policy think tank, SPUR. She’s written about architecture, design, and cities for numerous publications including California Sunday, the MIT Technology Review, Wired, and City Lab. She’s been a contributing columnist to The New York Times since 2006; a former editor-at-large for GOOD and Sunset magazines; the senior content lead for IDEO from 2006–2008; and editor-in-chief and founding senior editor of Dwell until 2006. Dwell won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2005 under her tenure.
Allison is the author of Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America and has contributed to and edited numerous books on architecture and design, including Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht, Hatch Show Print: History of a Great American Poster Shop, Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York, and The Future of Public Space. She lectures frequently on architecture, technology, design and cities most recently at UBER, Google, Startup Autobahn in Stuttgart, the Festival of Architecture in New Zealand, and Bend Design in Oregon.
She has a B.A. in History from UCLA, an M.A. in Art History from UC Davis, and completed her Ph.D. coursework in American Studies at New York University.
- Awards + Recognition
- Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary, AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), 2018
- Selected Publications
Introduction, “The Future of Public Space,” SOM, 2018
Introduction to “Modern Modular: The Architecture of Resolution: 4 Architecture” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013)
“Edible Education” in “Urban Farms” by Sarah Rich (Abrams, 2012)
Foreword, “Modern Sustainable Residential Design: A Guide for Professionals” by William J. Carpenter (Wiley & Sons, 2009)
Introduction, “Prefab Green: The Architecture of Michelle Kaufmann” (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2009)
"The Perks of the City," in “Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York” by Timothy Mennel, Jo Steffens & Christopher Klemek (eds.) (Municipal Art Society of New York/Princeton Architectural Press, 2008)
“Prefab,” (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2002)
“Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America,” (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2002)