Lucille Tenazas: a graphic designer journeys on

Join us as we welcome distinguished design educator and practitioner, Lucille Tenazas, for a deeply personal and insightful talk. Lucille will discuss how her personal journey as a traveler of cities and countries has informed her life and work over the course of 30 years.

Lucille will delve into the idea that designers are travelers, literally and figuratively. Designers navigate various situations, contexts and cultures in an effort to better understand their environment. The traveler, like the nomad, synthesizes what they pass through, are permeable to the experience and are ultimately altered by it. If we imagine ourselves this way, we set ourselves free to enter different territories. It is with this mindset that designers today are able to engender qualities of community, participation and empathy.

About Lucille Tenazas:

Lucille Tenazas is recognized for her prominent role in translating postmodern ideas into critical design practice; her exploration of the relationship between type, photography and language; and the development and leadership of highly-respected design education programs. She was the President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1996 to 1998—the first to be based outside of New York. In 1996, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective of her work. In 2002, Tenazas was awarded the National Design Award in Communications Design by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She was the 2013 recipient of the AIGA Medal, AIGA’s highest honor recognizing lifetime achievement in design.

She is currently living and working in Beacon, New York as the Henry Wolf Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in New York, where she is serving as the Associate Dean in the School of Art, Media and Technology. She is also the founder and principal of Tenazas Design, a communications graphics and design firm with projects in cultural, education and non-profit sector. Lucille Tenazas is originally from Manila, Philippines, but she has taught and practiced in the United States since 1979—a trajectory that included living in San Francisco and New York.


Advance Sales:
Non-member: $30
Member: $15
Student member: $10
Student non-member: $15
Temple student/faculty: Free

At the Door Sales:
Non-member: $35
Member: $20
Student member: $15
Student non-member: $20
Temple student/faculty: Free

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Sales are final with no refunds unless AIGA Philadelphia cancels the event. However, tickets are transferable, so tell a friend to come as you if you are unable to attend.

This event is organized by the AIGA Philadelphia Women’s Leadership/Diversity + Inclusion Committee.

Event Graphics by: 

Lucille Tenazas, designer
Hannah Ellis, design assistant
MA Visual Communication, 2016, RCA, London

Photography Sponsor: Fabienne M Photography

When & Where
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tyler School of Art
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122