DCA Chapter

Chapter Chairs

Liza Rao, Gallagher & Associates, Washington DC Designer
Liza Rao
Christopher Smith, Executive VP, Gelberg Signs
Christopher Smith
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SEGD Award Winning Projects

National Mall & Memorial Parks Wayfinding, National Park Service, Hunt Design
National Mall & Memorial Parks Wayfinding
Newseum, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Picture This: Windows on the American Home, National Building Museum, Matter Practice/MGMT. design
Picture This
Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking in the United States, President Lincoln's Cottage, Howard+Revis Design
Modern Slavery
RTKL Office, RTKL Associates
RTKL Office
AMTRAK's Acela, AMTRAK/National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Calori & Vanden-Eynden
AMTRAK's Acela

Washington DC Blog

Join SEGD DCA for a tour of the John Paul II Shrine's exhibit, The Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II.


The 16,000 s/f permanent exhibit, designed by Gallagher & Associates, explores the Pope's life and teaching with dynamic displays and interactives, designed by Blue Cadet, and two 180-degree productions by Donna Lawrence Productions. G&A also collaborated on the building's wayfinding program, originally designed by Lorenc + Yoo.


Senior Designer Carl Rhodes will lead the tour.


The group will head to a local Brookland bar for happy hour afterwards.


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Join SEGD DCA for a tour of the environmental graphics installation at The Yards Park and Diamond Teague Pier. The tour will be led by Tony Russell, the president of Russell Design, the firm responsible for the impressive graphics.

The Yards Park is an engaging public facility with extensive green space, water features, a dog park, and an amphitheater which borders several mixed-use developments. Diamond Teague Pier is located on a footbridge connecting to the park to National's Stadium, and features interpretive panels adjacent to DC Water’s historic water pumping station that tell the story of efforts made by the company and other ecological organizations on the transformation of the Anacostia River and water use in DC overall.

We will follow the tour with a happy hour at Aqua 301 (301 Water St SE), sponsored by Gelberg Signs and 3-Form.


As president of Russell Design, Tony functions as creative director and client liaison on key projects, particularly those involving strategy and branding. A native of London, he left the UK early after art school and mandatory service in the British Army (not fun) to start his New York design firm. A keen interest in architecture spawned an environmental graphics team that designs streetscapes, parks, hospitals, hotels and corporate and residential buildings. Russell Design is an affiliate of Perkins Eastman, New York’s largest architectural firm. A former president of the New York chapter, he is President Emeritus of the national American Institute of Graphic Arts and a longtime member of SEGD. Tony has taught design at both New York University and Cooper Union. He lives in Brooklyn, and his two sons and four grandchildren live in the neighborhood.


Links to projects:

Diamond Teague Pier

The Yards Park


Have you seen the shift? In the last few years Washington, DC has emerged as a city leading design trends and conversations. It is evident in the buildings, restaurants, and even the attitude of residents and visitors around the city. Want to find out more about the changes happening? Join your fellow SEGD design professionals at Gensler’s office for a presentation and discussion around how design is impacting our nations capitol. 

Gensler DC
2020 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Refreshments will be served.


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Thank you to all the DC chapter members for attending our Tour of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. There was a great turnout, and everyone learned so much from our gracious education tour guides and the design team.

A great blog post on our National Museum of Health and Medicine Tour can be reached here (and it's just a great blog to check out).


Thanks all, and see you at the next event. We will be announcing a Spring event soon!

NMHM tour

Join the us at the National Museum of Health and Medicine for an awe-inspiring tour.

The education team will lead the group on a tour of the collections, while the design team from Gallagher & Associates will explain their process in designing an exhibit to support such fascinating artifacts.

March 13, 10 am
National Museum of Health & Medicine
2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD  20910

Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-museum-of-health-medicine-tour-tic...

Car pooling available. Please email lrao_at_gallagherdesign_dot_com to request to join a pool.

Museum is accessible by metro and bus. Closest metro is Forest Glen, 1 mile away.

The Forest Glen station is approximately 1 mile from NMHM. From the station, walk south on Georgia Avenue using the pedestrian bridge over the Capital Beltway. Turn right onto Seminary Road and stay on right side through the next light, proceeding onto Linden Lane. Cross the train tracks and NMHM is on the left.


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