2018 is well underway, and it brings exciting changes to SEGD Cincinnati (along with ice, snow, rain, flooding, and 60-degree temperature swings).
We welcome the addition of two new Chapter Co-Chairs, Blake Kishler and Grania Frueh! Over the past few months, Blake and Grania have been assisting with chapter planning and with SEGD's involvement in the upcoming Cincinnati Center for Architecture and Design. Speaking of the Center, look for an update on the branding effort and soft opening update soon.
We are also incredibly excited to congratulate Hannah Anderson on her appointment to the 2018 SEGD Board of Directors, where she has the opportunity to serve SEGD at the international level. Don't worry, you will still see Hannah's friendly face around Cincinnati as she continues to support our chapter in the coming months.
In our own words:
Blake Kishler, new Chapter Co-Chair
"Hi CVG Chapter! My pinball-like path to EGD goes from a degree in Industrial Design at Ohio State, to consulting for an aircraft builder, to 3 years at a trade show exhibit firm, and finally to Cincinnati and Kolar in 2013. Most of my recent work concentrates on wayfinding and placemaking in healthcare, civic, and mixed-use. I also currently represent SEGD on the Cincinnati Design Awards committee.
SEGD is proof that fun work is done by fun people. I've been continually inspired by the welcoming and vibrant atmosphere of this chapter and its membership. So excited to be a co-chair and continue the awesome trajectory that Margaret and Hannah have set us on. See you all soon!"
Grania Frueh, new Chapter Co-Chair
"Hello SEGD Cincy! I am so excited to be joining such a wonderful crew as a new co-chair. My background is in EGD, specifically working as part of our experiential graphic design team for BHDP Architecture. I am a DAAP graduate, Cincinnati native, and a Findlay Market resident - I have lived in OTR for nearly six years and am a huge believer in the investment our city has made to its urban core.
Margaret and Hannah have succeeded in bringing together a lot of design minded people in our tristate and being champions for SEGD in the community. I am thrilled to continue this momentum and bring our chapter to the next level."
Hannah Anderson, new position to SEGD Board of Directors, ongoing support to local chapter
"SEGD has been such a positive influence on my career in EGD. As the programming and educational opportunities have grown over the years, so have I benefitted from them. This is a group of professionals who are excited about what they do and the more I give, the more I get out of it. As a local chapter co-chair for the last four years, I have strived to pay forward the benefits of this organization to my colleagues and peers in the community. I am very honored and fortunate to now serve on the Board of an organization that inspires and gives so much back to the design field that I love."
Thanks to everyone for their participation and contributions to local and SEGD-wide events in 2017. You've shown the world that Cincinnati is a city that creates, questions, learns, builds, and elevates. We can't wait to share more great experiences with you in the year ahead.