Gabriele Oropallo is a Senior Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, where he is also the Course Leader of the interdisciplinary MA by Project. He teaches Academic Practice at the University of the Arts London. He serves as Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Design History Society.
His most recent research was part of the Back to the Sustainable Future project at the University of Oslo. His work examined the history of ecologically committed design practice and eco-consumerism to argue that their emphasis on individual action curbed the potential for collective action on the environment. In 2017 he was a co-convenor of the DHS Annual Conference on Making and Unmaking the Environment. His current research is a critical reading into how data is collected and then used as raw material with which to make or mediate architecture, urbanism, and design. He is currently a Scientific Consultant on a project on service design and AI hosted by the University of Oslo and supported by the Norwegian National Library.
He is a founding member of critical design practices Repair Society and Arquipélagos Urbanos, with which he participated respectively to the Istanbul Design Biennial and São Paulo Architecture Biennial. He regularly contributes to the international design magazine Form and the Bloomsbury Design Library. His recent publications include chapters in books such as Craft Economies (Bloomsbury, 2018), Design Culture (Bloomsbury, 2019), and Design and Dissent (Routledge, 2019).