2020 Academic Summit

Michele Washington

Michele Washington is a design researcher and design strategist who works with non-profits, startups, and cultural institutions. She is currently a Columbia University Community Scholar and the founder of “CuriousStories Lab,” a curated series of podcasts and short docs on architects and designers of color. She has an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts, and M.S. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.

Michele Washington, Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
New York

James Silva

James Silva possesses over two decades of professional experience in graphic design with the vast majority of that within the museum & exhibit design industry. In addition to his professional experience, he holds a BFA and MA in Design and is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

James Silva
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
New York

Neeta Verma

Neeta Verma is Associate Professor in Visual Communication Design at the University of Notre Dame. A graphic designer, story teller and a social advocate by profession, she has over 25 years of professional experience working exclusively for not-for-profits, museums and cultural institutions in New York, Albuquerque and India. As a graphic designer, she describes her role as a catalyst within a societal context, a solution finder, and an experience creator.

Neat Verma, University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame

Karen Watkins

A strong, multi-disciplinary visual communications designer, Karen Watkins connects with audiences through dynamic print, interactive and environmental solutions for museums, schools, and a variety of cultural and non-profit institutions.

Karen Watkins
Karen Watkins Design
West Chester, PA

Archetype

Archetype is one of the leading custom sign-fabrication partners in the Environmental/Experiential Graphic Design and Architectural Signage industry committed to turning their clients’ design visions into reality.

Wayne Hunt

2004 SEGD Fellow, 2010 Distinguished Member Award honoree, 1995 Angel Award honoree, and SEGD President 1999-2000

Wayne Hunt founded Hunt Design in 1977 and is a nationally recognized leader in Environmental Graphics and Wayfinding Signage design.

Wayne-Hunt, Principal Hunt Design Associates, Past President of SEGD
Wayne Hunt, donor recognition wall at Descanso Gardens
Hunt Design
Pasadena, CA

Academic Summit Kicks Off SEGD Summer 2020 Events

2020 Academic Summit kicks off June 11-12

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Coming this June, the SEGD Academic Summit, typically held in conjunction with the annual Conference Experience, returns—virtually—June 11 and 12! Popular amongst educators, students, and young designers, this event will address the latest trends in design education research, innovative student projects, and curriculum advancements in the academic world.

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