Helen Bechtel

Helen Bechtel smiling with arms crossed
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Decorative Arts & Design History
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Helen Bechtel is an architect and independent curator. She has practiced architecture at firms in New York and Washington, D.C. as well as worked in the curatorial departments of design at SFMOMA and the Cooper-Hewitt.


Current Outside Position

Bechtel recently served as a Guest Curator at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, where she organized the 2017-18 exhibition and installation “Parallax Gap” by FreelandBuck.  She currently acts as the Curatorial Consultant to the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building.  



BA in Urban Studies, Stanford University

MA in Architecture, Yale University