Tribute to Professor Emeritus Victor Margolin (1941-2019)

The passing of Victor Margolin in November 2019 is a loss to the World Design Community

Those who knew Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History at University of Illinois, Chicago and a world renown Design Historian, understand he was truly a great figure in the field of design. Victor’s enormous contribution to defining American Design and the practice of design around the world cannot be overstated. He was simply the most knowledgeable and scholarly source for design in all of its manifestations. The contributors to the content of MarylandByDesign would like to recognize Professor Margolin’s supportive role in nurturing the seed for design policy, which began at a conference in Milan, Italy in 2000, to grow into what is now this rich and expanding dialogue among designers in Maryland and beyond.

We will miss Victor and his constant curiosity, inquisitiveness, humor, encouragement, boldness, vibrancy, and commitment to design throughout the World. Professor Margolin’s World History of Design is a testament to his lifelong dedication to the field of design.

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