Emilio Ambasz, born in Argentina in 1943, studied at Princeton University. He completed the undergraduate program in one year and the following year gained a master’s degree in architecture from the same institution. From 1969 to 1976 he was curator of design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he directed and installed numerous influential exhibitions on architecture and industrial design.
Ambasz was president of the Architectural League for two terms, from 1981 to 1985. Between 1966 and 1969 he taught at Princeton University’s School of Architecture and was a visiting professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Germany. Since then, he has lectured at many major American universities.
Ambasz holds a number of industrial and mechanical design patents. Since 1980 he has been chief design consultant for the Cummins Engine Company, which is internationally celebrated for its enlightened support of architecture and design. Ambasz has received numerous industrial design awards.