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Design, BA

Faculty

Our faculty work closely with every student, connecting them to local professional opportunities and building the kind of visual and analytical thinking that equips them to excel.

Program Director

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Liat Berdugo is an artist and writer whose work investigates embodiment, labor, and militarization in relation to capitalism, technological utopianism, and the Middle East. Her work has been exhibited and screened at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), MoMA PS1 (New York), Transmediale (Berlin), V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam), and The Wrong Biennale (online), among others. Her writing appears in Rhizome, Temporary Art Review, Real Life, Places, and The Institute for...

Education:
  • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Digital + Media, 2013
  • BA, Brown University, Mathematics, Philosophy, 2008

Full-Time Faculty

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Noopur Agarwal is a practicing visual communication designer dedicated to increasing critical public engagement with issues of global and local concern. Her practice is based both on service: working collaboratively and interdisciplinarily to make a strategic difference within an organization; and authorship: producing exploratory works. Her creative output often takes the form of “experiential graphic design” (physical and digital interactive environmental graphics) and includes brand identity...

Education:
  • Temple University, MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design, 2014
  • The Ohio State University, BSD in Visual Communication Design, 2007
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Rachel Beth Egenhoefer is a design professor, artist and writer, whose work integrates technology, craft, and design. Her current focus is on sustainability and systems thinking as related to behavior change.

Egenhoefer is currently a full professor in design at the University of San Francisco, where she has taught since 2009. She serves on the College of Arts & Sciences Sustainability Task Force, the steering committee for the Center for Teaching Excellence, and a variety of other committees...

Education:
  • UC San Diego, MFA, 2004
  • Maryland Institute College of Arts, BFA, 2002
Expertise:
  • Sustainability
  • Systems Thinking
  • Community Engaged Learning
  • Design Pedagogy
  • Strategic Planning and Curricular Assessment for Higher Ed

Carrie Hott is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California. Her work is informed by a roving research practice that explores the current and historic infrastructural systems that mediate our collective experiences and perceptions. She has presented her work as part of exhibitions and projects across the country, most recently at Bay Area Now 8 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Museum of Capitalism in Oakland, as well as a permanent project, The Key Room, at...

Education:
  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute
  • BFA, Arizona State University
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Stuart McKee is an Associate Professor of Design at the University of San Francisco. As an environmental graphic designer, Stuart has designed exhibition typography for the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland (as Senior Graphic Designer for the Burdick Group; San Francisco); and the United States Pavilion at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain (as Senior Graphic Designer for Staples & Charles Ltd; Washington, DC). As a print designer...

Education:
  • MFA in Design, Yale University
  • BFA, Washington University in Saint Louis

Part-Time Faculty

Sabiha Basrai is a member of Design Action Collective — a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to serving social justice movements with art, graphic design, and web development. She is co-coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, where she works with racial justice organizers to fight against Islamophobia, and is part of the Center for Political Education advisory board.

Education:
  • BS, Art & Design, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Justin Carder is an interdisciplinary designer and artist based in Oakland. He is the former director of 826 Valencia's pirate-themed storefront, the founder of the experimental storefront/publisher Wolfman Books, and a former YBCA Public Imagination fellow. Currently, Justin is the co-host of the design podcast, "40 Trillion DPI" (with Helen Ip) and the designer-in-residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts.

Education:
  • UC Santa Cruz, BA in Politics, 2004

Ivy Climacosa is a Philippine-born, Bay Area-raised graphic designer and small business owner. Coming from a background of grassroots organizing and over a decade in graphic design, she utilizes creative work as a vehicle for exploration, solidarity, and amplification.

Education:
  • San Francisco State University, BA in Art Education, 2007

Dr. Molly Hankwitz is a transdisciplinary researcher in techno-cultural arts and sciences; a trained architect, filmmaker and project designer.

Education:
  • Queensland University of Technology, Media and Communications, Ph.D. 2011
  • Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, NYC, Studio Art, 1989
  • Yale School of Architecture, coursework...
Expertise:
  • Art History and Theory of New Media
  • History of modern design and western European design
  • Situationist theory

Sandra Kelch has worked in the design field for more than 20 years, and has received awards for her publications from Adobe, Print, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Society of Publication Designers. She received two degrees in graphic design from The Cooper Union School of Art and The Cranbrook Academy of Art. Most of Sandra's career has been focused on socially responsible design: promoting nonprofit organizations, branding, publication design and infographics/signage. Sandra has...

Kathryn Kenworth is an artist and graphic designer interested in social practice artwork. Her work explores ways in which artists can activate community connections through artistic practice that exist in everyday situations. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from Mills College (Oakland, CA) and actively exhibits her work in galleries, parking lots, small businesses and other unexpected places. Kathryn has worked as a graphic designer in both web and print for over 10 years and brings her...

Scott Kildall has been working with art, technology, and education for over 15 years. He focuses on transforming data from the natural environment, such as water quality, air quality and plant data into sound installations, sculptures, and video works. He uses custom electronics to create generative, data-driven experiences with uncertain outcomes.

His artwork has been exhibited internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, the Vancouver...

Education:
  • School of the Art Institute, MFA in Studio, 2006
  • Brown University, BA in Political Philosophy, 1991
Expertise:
  • Art and technology
  • Design
  • Computer science
  • Philosophy

Ian Montgomery is the creative director of Guacamole Airplane, a design agency focused on sustainable packaging. At GA Ian has led projects for Whole Foods, Allbirds, and Lumi, among others.

At USF, Ian's packaging design course focuses on giving students the professional skills necessary to pursue a creative, fulfilling, and environmentally responsible career in the creative arts.

Education:
  • Pratt Institute, MS in Package Design, 2018
  • Stanford, BS in Earth Systems 2012
Expertise:
  • Sustainable Packaging

Nico van Dongen is an educator, fine art photographer, and freelance designer. He has worked as art director for several startups, focusing on design, photography, and business development. In addition to his professional work, Nico has 20 years of post-secondary classroom and administrative experience in art and design education.

Education:
  • Royal Academy of Art, the Hague Netherlands BFA Photography
Expertise:
  • Graphic design
  • Fine art
  • Commercial photography

Alessandra Wood is a design historian writing a dissertation on mid-twentieth-century department store interiors. She has an MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from Parsons and is currently working towards a PhD with the University of Delaware. She has intense academic training in style, production, and consumption of furniture and decorative arts with a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries.