Since graduating with an MA in Design History from Parsons and Cooper-Hewitt in New York, design expert Wava Carpenter has built an international reputation for curating design-focused cultural and commercial exhibitions, writing scholarly and popular texts, producing lectures and events, jurying and overseeing awards, and creating online and IRL platforms—all to uplift the global design community. In 2019, she teamed up with longtime collaborator Anna Carnick to found Anava Projects, an agency that’s devoted to supporting and promoting design-for-good. Carpenter, who is currently based in Miami, was the Curatorial Director for Design Miami 2021.
“We all must, to the degree that we are able, strive to, ‘make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, with spontaneous cooperation and without ecological damage or disadvantage of anyone,’ in the words of Buckminster Fuller. We must both seize and create opportunities to elevate more people’s lived experiences.”