Vésma Kontere McQuillan is a Latvian born architect and writer currently living in Norway and is known for her architectural criticism for Latvian daily press.

Since 1999, for a decade, she was working as a journalist, columnist, and blogger for the Latvian language national daily newspaper Diena, which was considered as one of Latvia’s most significant daily periodicals and a paper record, while running a design studio Kontere Design until relocation to Norway.

After relocating to Norway, she has developed the concept and interior architecture for the first high-end department store in Norway Eger Karl Johan, which opened in Oslo in 2009. 

Since 2011 she is a Professor at Kristiania University College Kristiania, Oslo. McQuillan has developed a new Retail Design Bachelor program in 2013, the students of which are contributors to this publication. Since 2015 her research has been focused on OMA/AMO collaboration with/for Prada and particularly on the fashion shows, done in partnership between AMO and Prada, and the design process behind the scenes. A book Fashion Spaces/ A Theoretical View is a direct outcome of the conducted research.

In 2015 her article on Herzog & De Meuron’s Miu Miu store in Tokyo was rank as Top 1 story on Frameweb. In 2019 as a guest editor of the Latvian architectural magazine Latvijas Architektura McQuillan delivered a special issue, Postmodernism after Postmodernism.

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