Dung Ngo has been an editorial and creative director in print media for over twenty years. Trained as an architect, Ngo specializes in architectural, design, photography and fashion publishing. He has worked as a consultant with designers brands and institutions such as Zaha Hadid, Tom Kundig, Louis Vuitton, Steven Meisel, and the University of California, Berkeley. Ngo has worked with major museums on exhibitions and publications, with past clients including the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Decoratifs, the Guggenheim, MoCA, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.
In 2012 he initiated the imprint August Editions, a bespoke publishing house specializing in contemporary visual culture, with an emphasis on design and photography.
Dung Ngo was the VP of Media and Editorial Director at Maharam from 2014 to 2016, where he oversaw the production of all print and online content, including collaborations with leading publishers on publications such as Reproducing Scholten & Baijings (Phaidon) and Maharam Stories (Skira); and with internationally recognized authors and artists such as Alice Rawsthorn, Maira Kalman, and Irma Boom with the online Maharam journal, Stories. He was also in charge of all brand-related storytelling content.
Dung Ngo also managed Maharam special projects, including the Maharam Serpentine Galleries Wallpaper collection, a collaboration between Maharam and the Serpentine Galleries, London, on an artist-designed wallpaper collection with contributions by Ai Weiwei, John Baldessari, Rosemarie Trockel, and others.
Dung Ngo was the Senior Editor and Creative Director at Rizzoli International Publications from 2005 to 2014. In his role as Senior Editor, Dung Ngo specialized in museum publications of important exhibitions, and has worked with the Guggenheim, New York; the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Somerset House, London; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, among other institutions.
Dung Ngo collaborated on definitive monographs with fashion designers & major fashion houses, architects, and designers including Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chloé, Paul Smith; I M Pei, Richard Meier, Tadao Ando, Steven Holl, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien; Andrée Putman, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Mattea Bonetti, and Ted Muehling. He worked closely with the world leading architectural, interior, and fashion photographers on both thematic publications as well as photographic monographs.
In his role as Creative Director, Dung Ngo oversaw the unified visual and editorial vision of Rizzoli’s multiple imprints in New York; titles originating from Rizzoli’s Milan and Paris offices; and Rizzoli’s visual identity and branding across multiple platforms, including the new Rizzoli bookstore in New York.
In 2001 Dung Ngo established NGO Studio, a design consulting firm. NGO Studio’s clients included the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and leading publishers including Phaidon, Princeton Architectural Press, and Rizzoli.
At the Berkeley College of Environmental Design, he was charged with a unified rebranding program of the architecture, landscape, and urban planning departments through a new graphic design system and all print and web collateral, including a new identity mark and website. NGO Studio also produced a thematic semiannual publication with editorial content commissioned from the faculty, alumni, and scholars associated with the university.
From 1998 to 2001 Dung Ngo was a creative lead as Design Director at Novo (now Publicis North America), where he led the creative team of the launch numerous institutional and commercial websites, including Orbitz, the first and one of the Internet’s leading travel websites.
From 1993 to 1998 Dung Ngo was the Director of Publications and Exhibition at the Rice University School of Architecture. He mounted original exhibitions on Herzog & de Meuron, Sol Lewitt, and Enric Miralles, among others, and collaborated on publications with Rem Koolhaas, Lebbeus Woods, and Bruce Mau.
Dung Ngo has authored several books on architecture and design, including the award-winning Bent Ply, a history of plywood furniture. He has taught and guest lectured at a number of universities, and was an Adjunct Professor of Architecture & Design History at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, from 1999 to 2005.