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Chapter Chairs

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

Gratefish Storm Drain, Grate Drains, Mauk Design
Gratefish Storm Drain
Bloomberg San Francisco Tech Hub
Bloomberg San Francisco Tech Hub
de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Debra Nichols Design
de Young Museum
Photography Interpretive Gallery
Photography Interpretive Gallery
Metrius Trade Show Booth, ReVerb
Metrius Trade Show Booth
Nano Jon Arcade, Jonathan Deepe, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
Nano Jon Arcade

San Francisco, CA Blog

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!

High/Low: High end results... just not how you thought!

You’ve had a brilliant vision for your design, but unfortunately it turns out that Unobtainium you specified is too expensive… and doesn’t exist.

The design and fabrication process is filled with opportunities that allow a project to look great, meet performance needs, and still fit the budget. Join CRĒO and Gensler for drinks and appetizers, and a lively discussion on the designer/fabricator partnership for high end results through alternate solutions.


Kyle Ottosen, CRĒO
JJ Beard, Gensler

High/Low: High end results… just not how you thought!

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Gensler, 45 Fremont Street #1500, San Francisco
5:30 – 7:30 PM


$10 for SEGD members, $15 general admission
Register here



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