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Graphic Design (BFA)

Angela Riechers is an award-winning art director, educator, design writer and program director for Graphic Design at UArts. She is always curious, frequently witty and occasionally curmudgeonly.


Angela Riechers taught design at undergraduate and graduate programs and worked as an art director in her hometown of New York City before relocating to Philadelphia in 2018 to join UArts.


Riechers has served as art director for a number of national publications, including Harper’s, O the Oprah Magazine and the New York Times, among others. She writes primarily about typography for design-related publications, such as Print, Wallpaper, Metropolis and Design Observer. Her new book, The Elements of Visual Grammar (Princeton University Press, 2024), explains image use in practical terms for writers, scholars and other professionals. Recently, Riechers designed U.S. Embassies of the Cold War: The Architecture of Democracy, Diplomacy and Defense (The Onera Foundation, 2022), a large-format, photo-driven architecture book that highlights the 14 most significant mid-century modern American embassies built between 1950 and 1957.

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Awards & Accolades

  • Riechers is the recipient of an AOL Artists grant for Sites of Memory, a multimedia project that reattaches forgotten narratives to their original locations. 

  • A 2023 grant from the UArts President's Fund for Excellence supported typographic research and development for Cruja Nera, a historical narrative design project. 

  • She has won many Awards of Merit from the Society of Publication Designers for her magazine work.

Design is a result of intent: a wish to make an idea present in the material world, to impose form and structure on the previously invisible, to make it real.