Vera Sacchetti (Lisbon, 1983) is a Basel-based design critic and curator, specialized in contemporary design and architecture and serving in a variety of curatorial, research and editorial roles. She is currently program coordinator of the multidisciplinary research initiative Driving the Human: Seven Prototypes for Eco-social Renewal (2020-2023), which supports transdisciplinary research on sustainable futures; and co-initiator of the Design and Democracy platform (2020–), which maps the intersections and overlaps between design and democratic systems and practices.
She was curator of the initial edition of architecture festival Archipelago: Architectures for the Multiverse (2021), and is one half of the curatorial initiative Foreign Legion. Sacchetti was associate curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, A School of Schools, curatorial advisor for the BIO 50 Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and, as part of editorial consultancy Superscript, headed the “Towards a New Avant-Garde” event series at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Vera has recently edited Design as a Tool for Transition: The Atelier Luma Approach; and Design As Learning: A School of Schools Reader. Her writing has appeared in Disegno, Metropolis, and The Avery Review, among others. Vera teaches at HEAD Geneva, and in 2020 she joined the Federal Design Commission of Switzerland.
Vera is a Visiting Lecturer in the Winter Semester of 2022/23 and 2023/24. In January she leads an intense workshop with the Masterstudents in MA-modul 1 in preparation of their dissertation and their personal MA project in MA-modul 2