Riya Patel

Design writer and curator

Mid Level
United Kingdom
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About me

I'm a writer and curator with ten years' experience in architecture and design. I'm currently curator of The Aram Gallery, an independent gallery dedicated to new and experimental design. I am a contributing editor at Icon magazine, and write for several publications on design including Disegno, Wallpaper*, Frame and The Independent. My interest is in supporting emerging talent within design, through exhibition and publication. I have also written about the decline of design education for children in the UK, and projects that involve youth and community in design.


  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Public Speaking
  • Copyediting
  • Content Curation
  • Writing Web
  • Exhibition Curation
  • Writing Design
  • Writing Architecture
  • Commissioning Writing
  • Project Management
  • Programme Management
  • Copywriting
  • Brand Consultancy

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Architects' Journal

    • I

      Icon Magazine

      • F

        Frame Publishers

        • T

          The Aram Gallery

          Work history


          May 2015
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • I am responsible for programming five shows on architecture, craft and design a year. These are either exhibitions I curate myself according to self-directed research theme, or those I develop from outside proposals. Much of my work is in identifying emerging designers and makers who can use the gallery to take the next step in their careers. I commission graphic design identities, co-ordinate transport of exhibits, supervise installations, manage budgets and actively promote the gallery’s activities to the press and the design network. I also work with funding bodies and sponsors to support the activities of this non-commercial gallery.


          Senior Editor

          Icon Magazine

          Jan 2014 - May 2015
          • Loughton, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • I joined Icon magazine as a junior editor in 2010, and worked my way up to a senior role. I gained invaluable experience working in a small editorial team with regular demanding deadlines. At Icon my duties involved: pitching ideas and issue themes; writing and researching news stories, reviews and features; commissioning writers; interviewing high-profile designers and architects; and travelling to and reporting from international events. I worked with the art team to layout features and select images, and organised product photoshoots for stand-alone design reports within the magazine. I aided with checking facts and sub-editing.


          Mar 2013 - Dec 2013
          • Amsterdam, Netherlands
          • Full Time
          • In 2013 I moved to Amsterdam to join the small editorial team at Frame magazine. I was keen to experience another design magazine and also gain international experience. My duties involved writing, editing, commissioning, co-ordinating with an external sub-editor, developing and shaping content, and reporting from international events. I consulted on a month-long plan for a major re-design of the magazine (style and content) before returning to the UK.


          Junior editor

          Icon Magazine

          Oct 2010 - Mar 2013
          • Loughton, United Kingdom
          • Full Time


          Jul 2010 - Oct 2010
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Internship



          MArch (Master of Architecture) ARB/RIBA Part II

          Cardiff University

          Sep 2007 - Jul 2008
          • Cardiff, United Kingdom


          BSc Architectural Studies

          Cardiff University

          Sep 2003 - Jul 2006
          • Cardiff, United Kingdom