President, North Bennet Street School
Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez became president of the North Bennet Street School (NBSS), a renowned school of craftsmanship, in 2006. He is the first NBSS graduate (cabinet and furniture making, 1999) to lead the institution. During his tenure NBSS has begun to offer collaborative courses with like-minded education institutions in Boston, developed a program of public lectures and exhibitions on craft, and established ties with the Boston Public Schools to promote pathways to success that do not require traditional academic degrees. In 2013, NBSS opened a new 65,000-square-foot facility in Boston’s North End, just five blocks from the building it had occupied since its founding in 1881.
Miguel holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. Before enrolling at NBSS, he worked as an architect for 26 years. His furniture has been featured in House and Garden, American Craft, and other magazines, galleries, and museums across the country.