Allison Arieff

Notable Books Contributor; Book Board Member / Writer; Editor / United States /

Allison Arieff is Editor/Content Strategist for the urban planning and policy think tank SPUR. She is also a regular contributor to the New York Times, Wired, Dialogue, and The Atlantic Cities, and former Senior Content Lead for the global design and innovation firm IDEO. She is Chairman of the Board of FERN (The Food and Environment Reporting Network).

Arieff lectures and consults regularly on architecture, design, and media. From 2002 to 2006, she was Editor in Chief of Dwell (and was the magazine’s founding senior editor), which won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2005 under her tenure. She created the Dwell Home Design Invitational, an international competition to design a modern, affordable prefab home that then led to the development of the Dwell Homes prefab house program.

Arieff began her editorial career in book publishing with stints at Random House, Oxford University Press, and Chronicle Books, where she edited numerous titles on design and culture, including Airstream: A History of the Land Yacht and Hatch Show Print: A History of the Great American Poster Shop. She is author of the books Prefab, Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America, and Spa.

Allison Arieff lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco where she has an urban “farm” (with beehive!) growing in her backyard.

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