Vicki Matranga

Design Programs Coordinator, International Housewares Association (IHA), Independent scholar specializing in U.S. product design

Victoria Matranga leads a dual career as an industry trade association marketing professional and as an independent scholar and museum consultant.

As Design Programs Coordinator for the International Housewares Association (IHA) since 1992, Matranga organizes industry education events, trend displays, and product awards programs. She writes for IHA publications and hosts educational seminars. She developed IHA’s student design competition, now in its 28th year.

She is also a curator, author, and design historian of American product design, focused on the industrial design history of Chicago. She has consulted on exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Toledo Museum of Art, Chicago History Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and other institutions. She was a contributing author for the books, Encyclopedia of Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2004), and Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America (Yale University Press, 2018), and has appeared in films, such as the documentary, The New Bauhaus (Opendox, 2019).

She holds a master in marketing (Northwestern University) and completed the Summer Intensive in Design Writing and Research at the School of Visual Arts in New York.