The Design Programs at the University of the Arts, Corzo Center Partner with DesignPhiladelphia to Present 'Periodic Lectures on Design'

Free 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship' series to feature lectures by five leading design experts in the University's CBS Auditorium

January 19, 2011

Five leading design experts who illustrate remarkable and exciting approaches to problem solving and innovation are featured in a free, open-to-the-public lecture series to be held at the University of the Arts.

Presented by the Design programs at the University of the Arts and the University's Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia, all lectures will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in CBS Auditorium (Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia).

"There's a growing and palpable design energy in Philadelphia," says Chris Garvin, dean of the University's College of Media and Communication. "Through programs like this, we want to foster design discussions that bring together the University's design community and the creative and business innovators throughout the region."

Recognizing the powerful skills designers have to address the challenges and opportunities of our age, the University of the Arts is offering students and the broader design and business communities the opportunity to interact with top design thinkers and innovators.

Admission is free and seating is limited; register at

February 15
Tom Szaky: Founder, TerraCycle Inc.
"Redesigning the Throw-Away Culture"
TerraCycle upcycles trash into consumer products sold at the world's largest retailers. Good-bye juice pouch; hello book bag! Szaky is an inspirational, award-winning entrepreneur whose company is redirecting our throw-away culture, with over 14 million people, collecting over 4 billion formerly non-recyclable items, in 11 countries. These recycling "brigades" have earned over $2 million for their schools and non-profits. Star of National Geographic Channel's "Garbage Moguls," Szaky left Princeton in his freshman year to pursue this grassroots, collaborative business model.
March 1
Susan Szenasy: Editor in Chief, Metropolis
"Design Thinking for a Sustainable World"
Editor in Chief of Metropolis, the award-winning New York City-based magazine of architecture and design. Szenasy is internationally recognized as an authority on sustainability and design and serves on the Center for Architecture Advisory Board. This global thinker brings the best solutions to light through publishing and international speaking.

March 29
Matt Owens: Founding Partner, Athletics
"Creating the Collaborative Business Culture"
Owens is founding partner of the design collective Athletics and the studio VolumeOne. Trained as a graphic designer, Owens works in both print and digital media, teaming up to work for clients like Forbes magazine, Nick at Nite and Zoo York Skateboards. Athletics develops web applications with deep social media integrations.


April 12
Ellen Lupton: Curator, Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
"D.I.Y. Career Paths"
As Curator of Contemporary Design for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Lupton mentors and magnifies the best in design. An author, public-minded critic and AIGA Gold Medalist, Lupton's understanding of designers and design careers is wide and deep.

May 3
Tucker Viemeister: Director, LAB, Rockwell Group
"From Designing Things to Designing Experiences"
As Director of the LAB at Rockwell Group, Viemeister develops product and technology solutions for this cross-disciplinary architecture and design firm. The LAB embeds sensing and reactive technologies into the built environment of hotel, entertainment and theatrical settings. Previously, as a co-founder of Smart Design, Viemeister was a lead designer of the iconic OXO Good Grips kitchen tools.

For more information, contact Margie Gorman at or 856-979-3721.

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