SEGD San Francisco Chapter - Sponsored by DesignTex

Chapter Chairs

Alan Kriegel, Co-Chair for the San Francisco Chapter.
Alan Kriegel
Leah Ferguson is a Brand Designer at Gensler in San Francisco.
Leah Ferguson
Chris Fato
Chris Fato
Kacey Bills, SOM
Kacey Bills
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SEGD Award Winning Projects

The Cathedral of Christ the Light, Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The Cathedral of Christ the Light
The New San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Identity and Placemaking
SFMOMA: Identity and Placemaking
McSquared Restaurant + Zero°, Propp + Guerin
McSquared Restaurant + Zero°
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Opening Exhibition Graphics
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Opening Exhibition Graphics
Wattis Institute Entry Facade, California College of the Arts, Thom Faulders/Beige Design
Wattis Institute Entry Facade
Photography Interpretive Gallery
Photography Interpretive Gallery

San Francisco, CA Blog

Jan Lorenc Montage

Thank you to everyone who came out to see SEGD Fellow Jan Lorenc at the Allsteel Showroom. He charmed the crowd with stories from his personal history and his impressive forty years of design experience and innovation. This evening of storytelling, supplemented by the delicious food and drink generously provided by Nova Polymers, was a fantastic cap to our year.

An Evening with Jan Lorenc


Join us for an evening with Polish-American designer, SEGD Fellow and author, Jan Lorenc. Jan will take us on a journey from his early life in rural Poland to acclaimed designer, leading a thriving team of architects, graphic designers, sculptors, interior designers, and industrial designers in his Atlanta design firm, Lorenc+Yoo Design. The firm is responsible for award-winning museum spaces, trade show exhibits, sculptures, wayfinding and placemaking for renowned clients including Delta, the Mayo Clinic, Sony, Hyatt, Samsung, UPS, and many others.

Lorenc immigrated with his parents to the United States from rural Poland at age eight. He earned degrees in industrial design and visual design from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a professor Jan has taught at the renowned Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta and has been an adviser to the School of Design at Georgia Tech. He is a frequent lecturer in the United States, China and Korea. Jan is also co-author of the definitive museum and exhibit design textbook — “What Is Exhibition Design?” — which has been translated and published in Chinese, Russian, Korean, and his native tongue Polish.

In 2017, Jan was named SEGD Fellow, sharing the organization's highest honor with the likes of Paula Scher, Massimo Vignelli, Lance Wyman, Deborah Sussman, Robert Venturi, Ivan Chermayeff, and David Gibson, among others.

Join us on Thursday, December 5th at 6:00pm at the Allsteel Showroom in the Maritime Plaza, SF. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.
6:00 – 6:30  Check-in and mingle
6:30 – 8:30  Keynote and Q&A

Tickets available here

7x7: Sense Making Recap

Thank you to all that came out to the Marketplace on Maiden Lane for 7x7! 

Seven speakers were each given seven minutes to present how they create sensory experiences within their practice, and the result was inspiring. Our speakers design backgrounds ranged from textile design, acoustic design, culinary arts, interior design, fragrance design, exhibition design, and fashion and home-wares design. Needless to say a diverse range of perspectives was represented and all of the speakers did a fantastic job of educating us in a short amount of time. A big thank you to Alisa BenfeyPierre GermainTanya HollandMatthew WaslyciwJessica HannahBosco Hernández, and Erica Tanov

We want to give special thanks to our 2019 SEGD SF Sponsor Designtex who sponsored the event and hosted us in the incredible Marketplace on Maiden Lane showroom. We cannot thank Joanne Rarangol and Designtex enough for their continued support of the SF Chapter! 

Also, a big thank you to Blue Heron Catering and Fort Point Beer Company for the fantastic food and drinks! 

Lastly, thank YOU for attending and supporting SEGD SF! 

7x7: Sense Making

SEGD SF's 7x7 event is back! We are bringing together experts across multiple industries and disciplines to explore how we design for the senses. We are dividing the speakers into sense categories — see, touch, sound, smell, taste — and in order to consider the combination of sensory experiences, we are adding “think” and “feel”. Through a PechaKucha style speaker series, each speaker will give a short presentation on how they create sensory experiences. The event will be hosted at 166 Maiden Lane in San Francisco at the Marketplace on Maiden Lane. Space is very limited. Get your tickets here! Speakers Tanya Holland, Brown Sugar Kitchen Pierre Germain, Meyer Sound Alisa Benfey, IROCOH Matthew Wasylciw, SOM Jessica Hannah, J. Hannah Co.


High/Low Photo Montage

We would like to give a huge thank you to Kyle, JJ, Leah, and all of you who showed up for High/Low last month. JJ and Kyle gave a great inside look on how they deliver projects that have champagne aspirations on a beer budget. Whether the projects were lacking in time or funds—or both—it was a great look at how to overcome challenges in the project life cycle. Kyle and JJ gave a great presentation and you all asked some fantastic questions. We can't wait for the next iteration of this event!


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