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Liza Rao, Gallagher & Associates, Washington DC Designer
Liza Rao
Rina Alfonso Osawa, Studio Aorta
Rina Alfonso Osawa
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Washington DC Blog

DCA Chapter Event: MLK Library and National Building Museum Tour

The Washington, DC Chapter invites you to join us for an in-person* tour of the MLK Public Library's 4th floor exhibits and the National Building Museum's new Visitor Center, led by Bluecadet and Studio Joseph.

Meet us at 5:00pm on Tuesday October 5, 2021 at the MLK Public Library for a tour of the 4th floor exhibits, titled A Revolution of Values, Voices of D.C. and D.C. Represented.

At 6:15pm, we will walk to the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW, entering on the 4th Street side of the building) for a tour of the new Visitor Center.

We will enjoy a happy hour at a local venue after.

For more information on the National Building Museum's new Visitor Center, click here.

Register for this event here.
*Note that SEGD will follow current Washington DC guidelines for mask mandates, requiring that everyone (including fully vaccinated people) wear masks in indoor public settings.

In honor of Black History Month, please join Gallagher & Associates and the National Museum of African American Music for a virtual tour of the newly-opened experience! The Museum's curatorial team and lead designers from G&A will share the approach to elevating the history and stories of African Americans through their music.

NMAAM preserves and celebrates the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The collections share the story of the American soundtrack with a dynamic, communal experience, brought to life with interactive exhibits. 

Date: February 24
Time: 12 PM EST
Virtual Tour on Zoom!

Register in advance for this meeting:https://segd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIucu2uqTgjGN3gjrmSJ1T9t6ZiEKQ5d9...



Join us for a virtual discussion with Studio Joseph!


Studio Joseph is an architectural practice based in NYC with an expertise in museum and exhibition



Wendy Evans Joseph, Founder, and Monica Coghlan, Design Director, will

discuss two upcoming projects in Washington, D.C.: the exhibitions at the newly

renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Library and a new orientation center for the National

Building Museum. The talk will focus on the process behind the studio’s work as well as

the unique approach taken in the design of both projects, which open in early 2021.


Orientation Center, National Building Museum, D.C.: Addressing the fundamental

issues of the historic building’s vast public spaces, the project serves as a new front

door to the museum, providing physical orientation as well as an introduction to the

museum’s mission and content. The exhibition explores broad questions including:

What does the built environment really mean? And how does it affect our lives? Studio

Joseph worked with the NBM to answer these questions in an engaging space that

frames and informs the visitors’ entire museum experience.


Up From the People: Protest & Change in DC at the MLK Library: The creation of

an exhibition space as part of the modernization of this iconic Mies van der Rohe

building presents an opportunity to honor MLK while also highlighting the local activists

who influenced him and who continue to build upon his legacy. Studio Joseph’s work encourages a

dialogue between design and content, empowering community voices to shape the

trajectory of the exhibition and tell authentic stories.


Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




 David Vanden Eynden & Chris Calori

N.E. Regional: Living Room Lecture Series Presents Part 2: David Vanden Eynden & Chris Calori

The New York Chapter invites you to join us as we continue the Living Room Lecture Series with our next speakers: Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden of Entro/CVEDesign.

Join from the comfort of your home on Thursday May 28, 2020 at 12:30pm for a dynamic, interactive session hosted by two of the most influential figures in our industry.
As founding partners of CVEDesign, David and Chris have spent their careers helping to build, promote, and refine the field of EGD. David is a Fellow of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) and a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). His work has been honored by the SEGD, AIA, IDSA, the AIGA, and the City of New York, and has been published in numerous national and international books and periodicals. 
Chris is a Fellow of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), a Professional Affiliate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), New York Chapter, and a longtime member of the AIGA. Her work has received awards from the SEGD, AIA, IDSA, AIGA, and the City of New York, and has been featured in national and international books and periodicals. 
They literally wrote the book on EGD as the authors of Signage and Wayfinding Design, the acclaimed  book that is found on the shelves of many design professionals and which has become a staple of numerous university EGD curriculums. Committed design thinkers and educators, Chris and David have taught and lectured on design at professional conferences and notable universities. Together, they share life, love, and design, and continue to contribute so much to the industry we all care so much about.
Our gathering on the 28th will begin with a wonderful visual presentation and be followed by a live interview as well as an open forum Q&A session. Aside from being informative and enjoyable, this will, of course, be another opportunity to join with our fellow chapter members in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC during this - our second - virtual regional chapter event. 
When: May 28, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Please be sure to register in advance to reserve your spot and gain access!!!
The Boston Chapter did a truly excellent job of organizing and running the first event, and we look forward to continuing to work together to provide a platform for us to all come together, learn, and share in the second part of this evolving multipart series.
We hope you are all staying well, and we look forward to connecting on the 28th.
In good health,
SEGD New York, SEGD Boston, SEGD Philadelphia & SEGD Washington DC




SEGD Boston is excited to kick off a new era of programming for our chapter and SEGD overall with The SEGD Fellows Northeast Regional: Living Room Lecture Series beginning with one of the key individuals responsible for the creation of our organization!

Join us from the comfort of your own living room, Thursday April 30, 2020 at 6:30pm for the start of this informative series with our first speaker Rich Burns, Co-Founder of SEGD and the first SEGD Fellow. 

Have you ever wondered how SEGD was founded? What was the initial plan? What were the future goals for this as once fledgling organization? Is SEGD living up to those dreams, or are we surpassing them? What it was like to foster a new professional organization while running a fledgling EGD practice? These questions and more will be answered during this intimate virtual discussion.

Rich Burns, served as our third president, as a longtime member of the board of and in 1987 along with Jim Glass, was selected as one of the Society’s first Fellows. His firm, the GNU Group was an offshoot of his position as an in-house graphics group within the landscape architectural firm, the SWA Group. The firm’s early entry into the world of signage came about when SWA was asked to design the sign program for a new master planned community. Recognizing that he knew precious little about sign program design and invited by his old classmate, John Berry to attend the first ad-hoc meeting of what would become SEGD, he was compelled to attend. The rest as they say is history, which Rich will share in this first of our virtual meetings.

Rich will join us live from the West Coast as we watch his recent SEGD Talk from the Branded Environments Conference. He will share stories from SEGD’s history including how things ramped up for the organization right here in Harvard Square! We will wrap up with a live Q&A session. 

Where: via Zoom Mtg
When: Apr 30, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register/RSVP link
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*This special event will also be an opportunity to join with our fellow chapter members in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC as it's the first virtual regional chapter event of a series that will continue to bring us together and highlight our Fellows, even when we are finally able to come together again in person. Each session will be “hosted” by a new city and will help to keep us all connected in these uncertain times.*

Up next in The SEGD Fellows Northeast Regional: Living Room Lecture Series will be Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden of Entro.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday April 30, 2020 @ 6:30pm!

In good health, 
SEGD Boston, SEGD New York, SEGD Philadelphia & SEGD Washington DC





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