Allison Arieff is the Pepsi Refresh ambassador for food and shelter and a Shareable.net editorial advisor. She also writes the “By Design” column for the New York Times and consults
Allison Arieff is the Pepsi Refresh ambassador for food and shelter and a Shareable.net editorial advisor. She also writes the “By Design” column for the New York Times and consults on media, design and sustainability, most recently for Urban Revision and IDEO. 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. In 2005, she developed the Dwell Homes program, as an extension of the 2003 Dwell Home Design Invitational, in which architects were invited to design a modern, affordable prefab home. Arieff is author of the books Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America. Arieff 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 also lectured at the Architectural League of New York, the Commonwealth Club of California, UCLA, and the Hearst Lectures at Cal Poly among others. Arieff 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. She lives in San Francisco, where she has a 500-square-foot urban farm in her backyard.