The Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) in Christchurch was initiated in 2012 as a way to reimagine a city in flux, finding its feet after its devastating earthquake. FESTA is curated by Te Pūtahi, a non-profit focused on the current rebuild and ongoing renewal of Christchurch. In 2016, FESTA’s headline event was “Lean Means”—a night of installation and celebration framed around exploring sustainability through the reuse of waste materials for creative urban regeneration.
The Smart Bins installation explains why it's important to sort waste and recycling correctly.
To address the very narrow space of the check-in hall at Perth Airport, Büro North developed a staged delivery of information aligning to the steps passengers are required to complete through the check-in process. In addition, Büro North’s evidence-based wayfinding approach to the project reduced the number of signs planned for the project by approximately 30%.
Sara Matiz is a designer, architect & creative professional at MAD - Matiz Architecture & Design. Passionate about strategic and cross discipline design, Sara Mosele Matiz is a graduated cum laude from the Architectural Institute of Venice – IUAV. Prior to founding MAD she has worked at Gensler and RKK&G Museum and Cultural Facilities Consultants. She had the key role of transforming the firm into a diverse “360-degree architecture and design studio.”
Over a career that spans more than 40 years, Michael Reed has helped shape a wide variety of public spaces, from airports to courthouses and from urban bike trails to homeless shelters. His humanist approach to design has touched them all—weaving story with place and people to create spaces that respect and improve the quality of life for those using them.
Tricia Solsaa is an environmental graphic designer. Previous experience includes Director of Environmental Graphic Design, Project Manager, Creative Director and Owner.
Meeker & Associates was founded in 1985 by Donald Meeker. Although trained in design and fine arts, Meeker’s approach to design has been shaped by his experience as a community planner, his love of the outdoors, his work in public and corporate environmental graphic design with Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, and his father’s influence as a structural engineer.
David Miller, FAIA, is a nationally-recognized architect known for pursuing innovative sustainable and high performance design strategies while responding to each site’s unique conditions and surrounding context. David served in the Peace Corps after graduating from Washington State University in 1968. His focus on self-help housing in Brazil laid the foundation for his award-winning housing designs on projects across the nation. David Miller’s early architecture training was also gleaned at SOM, Chicago, Arthur Erickson in Vancouver, B.C.; and Rhone Iredale in Vancouver, B.C.
RTKL is a leading architectural design firm and winner of multiple SEGD Global Design Awards. Driven by a passion for great design, the creation of great places and the creative process, RTKL implements innovative ideas across multiple services and lines of business.
Cooper Carry is a national firm offering Architecture, Environmental Graphic Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Sustainability Consulting services. Our specialty practice groups include specialists in Corporate, Government, Higher Education, Hospitality, K-12 Education, Mixed-Use, Office, Residential, Retail, Science + Technology and Transit projects. Our multidisciplinary approach lets us integrate specialized knowledge to create Connective Architecture: connecting ideas and people to the places where they work, relax, live and learn.
The new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane was designed as a "living tree" that promotes patient health and wellbeing. Dotdash delivered a clear wayfinding system that helps reduce stress and an environmental graphics program that adds a sense of joy and vibrancy to the hospital environment.
Brent Sandifer is a student at Western Washington University studying Fine Arts in Design. Brent is a progressive and investigative problem solver who thrives on feedback and collaboration. He focuses on comprehensive research-based design, always giving reason to his work in order to create fresh experiences for people to enjoy.
Brent Sandifer's experience includes a design internship with Western Washington University. He currently works at Ten Gun Design as an associate designer.
You have to see this breakthrough! Think a surfacing material that has a natural look and feel, but produces oxygen and water by removing CO2 from the air. Long way to go, but here is the nugget of a great idea!
Celebrating Chicago in a Flexible Workplace
Flexible workspaces are all the rage in the corporate world. For Motorola Mobility's new headquarters in Chicago's repurposed Merchandise Mart, Gensler tweaked the 21st century office genre with a hackable, graphically layered environment that celebrates Motorola's employees and the city they love.
Student interested in creating experiences through context.
Passionate healthcare Interior Designer with a focus on creating comprehensive environments from space planning to signage.
Simon Ewings is a Project Director at Snøhetta’s American office. Snøhetta has always had an approach that puts the site in focus, with the aim of building architecture that is relevant to its environment and its social and cultural setting. The firm believes that issues of sustainability have to be addressed as a natural part of the design process, just like structure or logistics.
College of Design & Innovation
This paper examines the sustainable challenges and opportunities in environmental graphic design through the lens of two projects implemented in Shanghai. The first, a wayfinding program for the Shanghai South Railway Station, is a study in using EGD to support and enhance sustainable behavior. The second, a signage and EGD program for a practice center at Tongji University, demonstrates EGD’s ability to support cultural sustainability, particularly in the use of typography and symbols to connect users and create a unique sense of identity.
While pasting up mechanicals at Islands magazine in Santa Barbara, Adam decided the only way to afford the excursions featured in the magazine was to learn the lucrative art of graphic design. After clearing the salt water from his ears, Adam attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and eventually rose to the lowest—but tallest, at 6'4"—man on the totem pole at April Greiman's studio.
Alicia Cheng is a founding partner of MGMT. and has extensive exhibition design experience as well as brand and interactive design. She has worked as a senior designer for Method, New York and was the co-design director at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She served as a lecturer and visiting critic at Yale University and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Cooper Union. Alicia is now serving on the Board of the AIGA/NY chapter. She received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from Yale University.
Graham Bowman is currently studying Environmental Design at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Incredibly passionate about design and the built environment, Graham plans to get his masters in architecture and thereafter start his own firm. He currently interns at local Boulder firm WORKSHOP8 and serves as president of his school's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students.
Design with purpose, vision, and heart. Greg Rose's background spans several spheres of visual communication: corporate identity, advertising, information design, interaction design, exhibitions, architectural graphics, and wayfinding. The experiential and physical nature of graphics for the built environment has especially incited his curiosity and passion.
Since 2009, Greg Rose Design has served clients in healthcare, education, tourism, retail, insurance, professional services, entrepreneurship, and community development with a focus on quality and value.
Matthew Littell joined Utile as a principal shortly after the firm’s founding. Through his work in the firm’s architecture, planning, and early phase development projects, Matthew has gained an expertise in local and statewide building and zoning codes and the regulatory process. Recently, he has completed a Spencer Green, 48-unit affordable, sustainable rental project for Chelsea Neighborhood Developers, as well as Hyde-Blakemore, a 13-unit affordable home-ownership development for Urban Edge, one of Boston’s largest community development corporations.
Mark Askew has spent the majority of the last 28 years designing, managing and implementing large scale signage projects for a wide variety of clients and building types. Mark provides a wide range of services that include brand identification, programming and planning of wayfinding strategies, management, design, production of construction documents and contract administration. He is a specialist in the development of wayfinding, communication and branding programs.