Robert Kett is an anthropologist and curator of design based in the Bay Area. He received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine and is currently Emerging Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and oversees public programs on design at UC Berkeley’s Jacobs Institute. Robert also teaches in the California College of the Arts’ Graduate Design program.
Robert has held previous positions in SFMOMA’s Department of Architecture + Design, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science’s Artefacts, Actions and Knowledge initiative, and the Getty Research Institute's Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art. His projects have examined art/science intersections; experimental, interdisciplinary, and vernacular design; and the place of indigeneity in modern aesthetic and knowledge practices in California and Latin America. His writing has been published in Representations, Design Observer Quarterly, the Getty Research Journal, Curator: The Museum Journal, Los Angeles Magazine, and other publications and he is coauthor of Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California (Soberscove Press, 2014). Recent exhibition projects include Fabien Cappello: Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs (UC Berkeley), Designed in California (SFMOMA, 2018) and MEXICO 68: Design and Dissent (SFMOMA, 2018). Robert’s work has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the UC Institute for Research in the Arts, and other institutions.