Dr. Michael J Prokopow
Dr. Michael J. Prokopow is a cultural historian and curator whose areas of expertise include architecture and design, material and visual culture, and critical and postcolonial theory. His many publications include, most recently, Hurvin Anderson (2021) and Smith House II for UBC SALA West Coast Modern House series (2012). Between 2004 and 2008, he was curator of the Design Exchange, Canada’s only museum of twentieth-century industrial design. In 2011, he curated an exhibition on the work of architect and theorist George Baird at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and in 2016 he co-curated the touring exhibition True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada. He sits on the boards of the Arthur Erickson Foundation, the Canadian Society for the Decorative Arts, and Studio Magazine, and holds a PhD from Harvard University. Born and raised in Victoria, BC, he now divides his time between London, UK, and Toronto, where he is a faculty member at OCAD University.