PJ Carlino is a designer, design educator and design historian. His work decodes the history embedded in industrially produced products with a particular focus on the vernacular object and the intersection of production and consumption. His dissertation, Docile by design: Commercial Furniture and the Education of American bodies, 1840-1920 investigates how manufacturers instrumentalized commercial furniture intended to teach postures, behaviors, and interactions suited to competencies expected of occupants as compliant citizens and industrious workers.
The courses he has taught include: MFA Industrial Design Thesis, History of Design 1850-Present, Undergraduate Product Design Capstone Studio, Prototyping, Technical Drawing and Rendering, Materials and Manufacturing methods, Basic Drawing, Figure Drawing and Watercolor Techniques. He has been active in design pedagogy and design school administration at several institutions.
Carlino, PJ. "The Art and Science of Examination Furniture." Modern American History 2 (July, 2019): 237-247.
Carlino, PJ. "Understanding through Performance Black Boston: A City Connects." Transfers 6.3 (2016): 138-41.
Carlino, PJ. “Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye.” Objective, Journal of History of Design and Curatorial Studies. Cooper-Hewitt Museum/ Parsons School of Design, Spring/Summer 2015.
“American Childhood in 25 Artifacts: School Desk,” The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, Blog Post, October 2014.
Chorpash, Rama, Patricia Beirne, and PJ Carlino."University of Design, to What Degree?." IDSA Education Symposium, Conference Proceedings, 2012.
design history,fabrication,materials,product design,sustainable design,American Hisotry, industrialization
2019 Dissertation Fellowship, Boston University. 2018 Dissertation Fellowship, Winterthur Museum. 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Bentley University. 2015 Dewey Lee Curtis Scholarship, The Decorative Arts Trust. 2015 Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Boston University. 2014 Sewell C. Biggs Scholarship, Winterthur Museum.
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