Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (b. 1963) is a curator, writer, lecturer, commentator and, from 2006, director of the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery.
Douglas has transformed a small regional gallery into an innovative centre of excellence, leading a team that has established HBMAG as one of the best, most closely watched museums in the country.
He is the author of a number of design and architecture books including New Dreamland: Writing New Zealand Architecture and 40 Legends of New Zealand Design. His book At Home: A Century of New Zealand Design won the Montana Medal for Non-Fiction in 2005. The television documentary series New Zealand At Home was written and presented by Douglas based on his award-winning book.
Douglas has an expansive and impressive resumé as a curator with a talent for reintroducing the public to pioneers of New Zealand design. Such shows include The 1950s Show, The Textiles of Ilse von Randow, Mason Handprints, Avis Higgs: Joie de Vivre and Frank Carpay: Crown Lynn and Beyond. His debut project at HBMAG was the spectacular and award-winning Black Dress White Vase.
In 2008, Douglas was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to design. In 2009, he was awarded the New Zealand Institute of Architects President’s Award for his contribution to architecture.