Allison Arieff is Editor at Large for GOOD, and a Contributing Columnist for the New York Times’ Opinionator blog. She writes and consults on issues related to media, food, design and sustainability, and has been featured as an expert on sustainable design for two seasons of the Sundance Channel series “Big Ideas for a Small Planet,” as well on CNN, NBC News, NPR, Marketplace, and KCRW’s Design+Architecture. She has lectured at the Architectural League of New York, the Commonwealth Club of California, UCLA, and the Hearst Lectures at Cal Poly among others.
From 2002-2006, Arieff was Editor-in-Chief of Dwell, and was the magazine’s founding senior editor. Dwell won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2005 under her tenure. Arieff is author of the books “Prefab” and “Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America.” She 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, Cheap Hotels, and Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop. She received her BA in History from UCLA, her MA in Art History from UC Davis, and completed her PhD coursework in American Studies at New York University. Arieff lives in San Francisco where she has a 500-square foot urban farm in her backyard. No chickens yet.