Institute of Art Research

Dr. Karolina Jakaitė

design historian and researcher

Research interests: design studies in the 20th century (history, theories, methodologies); design and identity, national pavilions; Soviet design and architecture; contemporary design: exhibitions, policy and management.

b. 1978, Kaunas; lives and works in Vilnius. Since 2019 has been with VAA Institute of Art Research.

2000 graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts with a degree in arthistory. 2012 defended her PhD thesisin art criticism and art history “Lithuanian graphic design in the 1950s–1970s: between national and international” (supervisor Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lolita Jablonskienė) at VAA.

2004–2017 worked as an assistant at the UNESCO Chair for Culture Management and CulturePolicyat VAA, 2012–2015 was a Head of MA Programmeof Design Manegement. In 2011 during her PhD studies, she was awarded a Research Council of Lithuania Doctoral Internship grant to conduct her research in London at Royal College of Art on Soviet trade exhibitions in the 1960s. 2017–2019 she was a Postdoctoral researcher at VAA „Lithuanian Design at International and Baltic Exhibitions 1966–1985: Origins, Influences, Tensions and Identities” (supervisor prof. dr. (hp) Giedrė Jankevičiūtė).

Since 2008 she has been teaching several courses on Design History and Design Management, mainly at Vilnius Academy of Arts. She has also written articles, edited books and catalogues on contemporary Lithuanian design, organised conferences and seminars, curated design exhibitions, and implemented various design management projects in Lithuania and abroad. Since 2016 she is a co-founder and director of Design Foundation, initiative, aimed at design research projects.