Monica Coghlan

Monica Coghlan

Monica Coghlan, Design Director at Studio Joseph

Monica Coghlan leads the design team at Studio Joseph. She believes in the power of education outside the classroom and has pushed the office’s agenda to help expand the role of museums and other cultural organizations. Monica works with curatorial and leadership teams to expand the diversity of visitorship, engaging directly with underserved communities outside of their institutional walls.

Monica Coghlan
Studio Joseph
New York City

2020 SEGD Exhibition + Experience Week 1: Day 2 Q&A Roundtable

 

Roundtable Discussion - How do we break our unconscious biases?

Featuring:

Marko Rasic, Rasic+Vrabec, Croatia-based creative director and Red Dot Award winner
Monica Coghlan, Studio Joseph, Architect and lead designer for several Cooper Hewitt exhibitions
Andrea Lipps, Associate Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Purchase the 2020 Exhibition + Experience course videos

New Glass Now

Honor Award 2020
New Glass Now

100 artists, designers, and architects from more than 25 countries bring glass to life in this immersive exhibition featuring objects, lighting, videos, and multi-media installations. The selected artworks demonstrate the diversity of their makers and their skills, ranging from timely political commentary and investigations of the materiality of glass to explorations at the intersection of high-technology, tradition and the hand. The show includes emerging artists to established professionals representing nearly every glass working technique.

The Senses—Design Beyond Vision

Merit Award 2020
Finalist 2019
The Senses: Design Beyond Vision

Museums are places for community education, yet they are seldom accessible to everyone nor equitable in their presentation of content. Acknowledging the unfortunate truth that visually impaired people struggle to enjoy museum experiences, “Senses: Design Beyond Vision” invited visitors of all abilities to actively engage in the exhibition in ways surpassing conventional “universal design” considerations.

Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip

Finalist 2018
Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip

The exhibition highlights a selection of visually groundbreaking and historically significant garments from the 1960s when American fashion underwent radical aesthetic transformations. As clothing also assumed communicative powers—reflecting the emergence of a counterculture, the women’s liberation movement and the rise of African-American consciousness, designers experimented by thinking of artistic realms. The installation boldly presents a decade of changing fashion immersed in a vibrant array of color, dynamic geometrical forms and graphic patterning.

Missing Voices

Finalist 2018
Missing Voices

Princeton posed a difficult problem: Create a “marker” to celebrate President Woodrow Wilson that deals effectively with both his positive and negative qualities. The University’s ambivalence is antithetical to the time-honored tradition of unequivocally revering leaders.

The site is a plaza in front of the Wilson School of Government building, designed by Monoru Yamasaki. A large sculpture in the fountain was existing; Princeton stipulated that the fountain, the sculpture and all existing trees were to remain.

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