Director and Professor
School of Design
University of Illinois at Chicago
Monday, February 18th - Tuesday, February 19th
Public Presentation: 2/18, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
1300 Architecture & Design Studios (ADS)
845 West Harrison Street
Marcia Lausen is Director of the School of Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago and founder of the Chicago office of Studio/lab.
At UIC, Marcia leads a renowned faculty of professional designers variously engaged in contemporary interdisciplinary theory and practice. In 2007 she served on the UIC advancement team that established the UIC Innovation Center, and in 2016 she served on the Chancellor's steering committee to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library. She was honored as a University Scholar in 2008 and a UIC Distinguished Professor in 2016.
At Studio/lab, Marcia and her colleagues integrate four areas of communication design: identity, information, publication, and environment. The studio’s award-winning work has been exhibited at the AIGA National Design Center; Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; Index, Copenhagen; and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Following the 2000 presidential election, Marcia played a leading role in a national election design reform initiative, which resulted in federal guidelines for the design of ballots and election materials. Her book, Design for Democracy, was published in 2007 by the University of Chicago Press. Marcia received a BFA in graphic design from Indiana University and an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. She was named a 2004 Fast Company Master of Design and a 2010 fellow of AIGA. In 2015 she received the AIGA Medal.