AGI Congress Biel/Bienne

23 — 25.09.2015

Lucille Tenazas

Tenazas Design / Parsons School of Design


Lucille Tenazas is a graphic designer and educator. She is the Henry Wolf Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in New York where she is currently the Associate Dean in the School of Art, Media and Technology. Her emphasis is on the intersection of design, craft and technology, working on hybrid and cross-platform ways of communication design practice. She was the Founding Chair of the MFA program in Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she taught for 20 years. 

Originally from Manila, the Philippines, she has taught and practiced in the United States since 1979, a trajectory that included living in San Francisco and New York. Her first experience of living in a design environment was as a student at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in the early ‘80s, exposed to the work of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Carl Milles and Charles and Ray Eames. From 2005-06 she and her family lived in Rome when her husband, photographer Richard Barnes received a Fellowship at the American Academy in what was an inspirational year-long sojourn.

She is the principal of Tenazas Design, working primarily on projects for cultural, educational and non-profit organizations as well as city, state, and Federal agencies. Her clients include Neue Galerie New York, Museum for German and Austrian Art, Asia Society New York, Princeton Architectural Press, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Art Museum, and the San Francisco International Airport, among others.

Lucille was the national president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), from 1996-98 and was awarded the AIGA Medal, the American Institute of Graphic Art’s highest honor recognized for a lifetime achievement in design. She received the National Design Award for Communication Design by the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in 2002. She has lectured and taught extensively here and abroad and has participated in numerous juries and design panels. Her interest in design education has led her to conduct workshops in institutions throughout the United States and abroad, in London, Paris, Naples, Lugano, Istanbul, Stockholm, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing and her home city of Manila.
She currently lives in Beacon, New York.

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