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Chapter Chairs

Hannah Olin, Environmental Graphic Designer at Gensler in Washington DC
Hannah Olin
Liza Rao, Gallagher & Associates, Washington DC Designer
Liza Rao
Christopher Smith, Executive VP, Gelberg Signs
Christopher Smith
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Washington Times Job Posted March 12
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Capitol One Job Posted March 11

SEGD Award Winning Projects

Reinventing the Globe, National Building Museum, Rockwell Group
Reinventing the Globe
USAID, Reagan Building, Chermayeff & Geismar
Newseum, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
The Anthem
The Anthem
Green Community, The National Building Museum, Matter Architecture Practice, MGMT. design
Green Community
 Enhancing Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities
Enhancing Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities

Washington DC Blog


Experience the spirit of Baltimore with a tour of the SEGD award-winning project at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel.

Ashton Design will lead a tour of the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel, located in Baltimore's storied Fell's Point neighborhood.

Designed by Ashton Design and Finndustry and fabricated by Gutierrez Studios and Triangle Sign Services, the project was a recipient of a merit award for the 2018 SEGD Global Design Awards. Learn about the historic building and hear first hand about the details and collaboration that make this project memorable.

Read more about the project: https://segd.org/sagamore-pendry-baltimore

RSVP here


Event timeline:
6:00pm Arrival
6:30pm–7:30pm Hotel Tour
7:30pm–8:30pm Join us for a sponsored Happy Hour

For those coming from DC—we will be coordinating ride shares to/from Baltimore. Please reach out to [email protected] if you will need a ride. Alternatively, the Amtrak or MARC trains are available. For those in Baltimore—see you there! :)



SEGD Mapbox

SEGD DCA hosted a tutorial and case study presentation at Mapbox's DC headquarters on 2-12-20. Mapbox Studio UX Designer Julia Rickles and Developer Alex Parlato took us through the mechanics of creating highly-customizable maps, while G&A designers Christian Cabrera and Ben Keel showcased the power of maps in storytelling through several museum exhibit examples. Afterwards we networked at Mapbox's amazing studio space! 

Maps – a tool used by wayfinders, exhibit designers, graphic designers and every day people trying to get from point A to point B! During this event, you will learn about the Mapbox platform and it's features and functions. A few guest speakers in the EGD industry will then share their experience of how Mapbox was used in a project example. 

Event Details:
740 15th Street Northwest
5th floor
Washington, DC 20005

Wed, February 12, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Event timeline:
6:00pm Arrival
6:30pm–7:30pm Mapbox Tutorial and Speakers
7:30pm–8:30pm Refreshments and Minging 

Alex Parlato and Julia Rickles from Mapbox
Christian Cabrera and Ben Keel from Gallagher & Associates 

About Mapbox:

Mapbox is the location data platform for mobile and web applications. We provide building blocks to add location features like maps, search, and navigation into any experience you create.

We’re changing the way people move around cities and explore our world. Through the apps Mapbox powers, we reach more than 600 million people each month.

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WTOP Event

PhotoWorksGroup is a turnkey EGD fabrication studio with over 30 years of experience. Working closely with designers and architectural firms, our corporate interior clients include notable industry pioneers. WTOP & Gensler provided PWG the opportunity to deliver several specialized fabrication methods to meet their vision for the new headquarters. The visual impact of graphic elements within the space is evident from the first step into the office. Visitors are greeted by visuals such as a map felt wall, radius contoured polished metal logos, LED face lit lettering, and a uniquely fabricated vertical letter centerpiece, amongst others. Throughout the office, the quality and attention to detail are a display of the professional values and character of WTOP.

PWGs development of capabilities as a single source graphics provider are designed to inspire new opportunities for expression and impact for all designers crafting experiences in the built environment. Working hand in hand with our clients, we collectively seek to set the cadence for tomorrow’s innovations in visual communication.

WTOP: 5425 Wisconsin Ave. • Chevy Chase, MD • 20815

Please join us for a happy hour at Clyde's at 7:30
Clydes: 5441 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Presented by 2019 Annual Sponsor PWG. 

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Join your SEGD design community for a tour of DC newest and hottest area—District Wharf! The Gelberg Signs team will be leading a tour through the vast array of signs fabricated by their team that helped shape the iconic aesthetic and luxury feel of District Wharf. A tour map will be provided by Mapbox (keep an eye out for a future event with these guys!). At each tour stop, Gelberg Signs will be providing insight into the signage fabrication and how their team used existing relationships to successfully complete the project. The tour will begin under the landmark Anthem sign and end at Dockmaster for food, drinks and mingling.

Schedule of Events:

6:30pm – Tour begins under The Anthem sign. Please be on time!

7:30-9:30pm – Drinks, food and mingling at Dockmaster

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-district-wharf-tour-how-signage-helped-build-a-neighborhood-tickets-75394471895

Full list of signage fabricated for District Wharf by Gelberg Signs:

  • 12 Stories
  • Rappahannock Oyster
  • Tiki TNT
  • Soda Pop Shop
  • Toastique
  • Milk Bar
  • Dolcezza
  • Kaliwa
  • Union stage
  • Union Pizza
  • Pearl Street
  • Cantina Bambina
  • Kith Kin
  • The Anthem

About Gelberg Signs:

In our 75th year of operation, Gelberg Signs is the region’s premier sign company, designing, fabricating, installing and servicing signs. We’re a full-service sign company capable of handling any size project. Our award-winning design team will provide you with stunning and creative sign renderings reviewed by our internal engineering department. Our experienced fabricators and craftsmen will build your sign to the highest quality. Gelberg Signs professional sign installers will erect your sign with precision and efficiency. Our entire team of nearly 100 employees including Project Managers, Estimators, and Office Support are focused on delivering you an exceptional sign buying experience.


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