Sussman/Prejza & Company (Los Angeles) Founder and Principal Deborah Sussman, FSEGD, was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame on October 5.
Sussman was honored for her pioneering work in environmental graphic design and urban branding, including her widely influential graphics program for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, completed in collaboration with the Jerde Partnership.
A long-time SEGD member who was named an SEGD Fellow in 1991, Sussman was trained at Bard College and the Institute of Design in Chicago. At 22, she was invited to join the office of Charles and Ray Eames. During her 10-year affiliation, she played a significant role developing graphics, toys, exhibits, showrooms, and films.
In 2011, she spearheaded the Eames Words exhibit at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, contributing not only her curatorial and design leadership, but also insight into the daily lives of Charles and Ray.
Since establishing her own office in 1968, Sussman has collaborated with some of the world’s most celebrated architects, including Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, Foster Partners, GGN, Olin, MRY, Barton Myers, and SOM.
S/P continues to design venues in the cultural sector, including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Seattle's McCaw Hall, and MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora) in San Francisco.
S/P’s recent and ongoing projects include branding the new Grand Park in downtown L.A., design concepts for the L.A. Metro system, the Hollywood W Hotel, campuses at UC Berkeley and UCLA, and a global interior branding system for a long-term international client as well as several U.S. embassies.