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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.

Department Chair

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Catherine Lusheck is Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture and Professor of Art History & Museum Studies. She holds a doctorate in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a specialist in early modern European art and curatorial practice. Her research interests include Renaissance drawings culture, early modern visual rhetoric and the classical tradition, and artistic emulation and self-representation in the art of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640). Over...

Education:
  • PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (December 2000)
  • MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (May 1992)
  • BA, Political Science, magna cum laude, DePauw 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 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); and the United States Pavilion at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain (as Senior Graphic Designer for Staples & Charles Ltd). As a print designer, Stuart has designed books for the...

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

Program Director

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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

Full-Time Faculty

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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
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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

Part-Time Faculty

Brian Bartz is a new media artist and educator. His practice interrogates digital network technologies through a material lens, grappling with the politics surrounding their popular conception as immaterial and abstract. His sculptures, animations, and installations engage with our status as digital subjects and the endemic anxieties therein, seeking to situate them within larger frameworks of corporate and state surveillance, extractive industry, and the inconspicuous embedding of devices...

Education:
  • UC Berkeley, MFA in Art Practice, 2020
  • Reed College, BA in Studio Art, 2017
Expertise:
  • Web design
  • Sculpture
  • Photography

Sabiha Basrai is a co-owner 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 on international solidarity campaigns. Sabiha is part of the  Center for Political Education advisory board and a member of Race Forward's affiliate training team.

Education:
  • California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, BS in Art & Design
Expertise:
  • Graphic design
  • Social justice design history

Alexa Ann Bonomo is a tech artist and scholar with a deep interest in methods in preservation and archiving with an extensive skillset in creative technology. Her creative work primarily lives on the internet and other ephemeral settings in the form of net art, creative writing and other community driven projects. Her art practice is experimental across mediums of creative coding and traditional handmade craft, primarily new methods in printmaking and fiber arts. She is currently exasperating in...

Education:
  • UC Davis, MFA in Design, 2020 
  • Towson University, BFA in Digital Art and Design, 2017
Expertise:
  • Creative coding
  • Interaction design
  • Net art

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
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Niki has worked in the graphic design industry for over 30 years, utilizing a wide-range of skills in graphic design, creative direction, copy writing, and general chaos organization to create logos and collateral, publications and catalogs, web site designs, and even a short film and half a dozen or so commercial videos.

Niki earned a degree in English from California State University, Sacramento and thrives in the beautifully fuzzy place between the two-dimensional print and online world...

Education:
  • Council on International Education Exchange, TEFL certification, 2022
  • CSU Sacramento, BA in English, 1996
  • Sacramento City College, AA in English, 1993
Expertise:
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign

Sarah is a Partner at MTWTF, where she has been shaping design processes, managing interdisciplinary design teams, and facilitating community engagement since joining the studio in 2014. Acting as project manager and art director, Sarah develops design strategies for projects that are drawn from a rigorous engagement with their content. This approach drove exhibitions including ‘Utopia—Dystopia’ a multimedia exhibition at A/D/O, ‘Seeing Equal Rights in New York State’ an interactive exhibition...

Education:
  • California College of the Arts, Masters in Architecture, 2010
  • Wake Forest University, BA in Studio Art, 2007
Expertise:
  • Design research
  • Participatory design
  • Exhibition design
  • Environmental graphics and signage

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

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...

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

Randy Nakamura is a writer, designer, teacher, and researcher. He has an MFA in graphic design from CalArts and in 2020 completed a Ph.D in architecture from UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. As a researcher and curator he has contributed to the 2013 Pacific Standard Time exhibition Everything Loose Will Land for the MAK Center and Getty Foundation focusing on the art and architecture of Los Angeles in the 1970s. His writing has been published in a+u, Design Observer, Emigre, Task, Modes of...

Education:
  • UCLA, Ph.D in Architecture, 2020
  • CalArts MFA in Graphic Design, 2005
  • Reed College BA in Biology, 1993
Expertise:
  • Design history
  • Architectural history

Richard Roche is a multi-disciplinary creative, small business owner, and educator. He has spent most of his career creating brands and websites for companies that are doing positive things for society. As a co-owner of a small studio that did "everything but advertising" he also has experience with packaging, books, photography, and copywriting. Aside from his creative output, his main passions are to empower underrepresented folks in the creative industry, and promote a more inclusive and...

Education:
  • MNSU Mankato, BFA in Graphic Design, 2010
Expertise:
  • Branding
  • Web design & development
  • Print design
  • Sustainability
  • Inclusivity

Adrien Segal is an artist based in Oakland, California. Drawing from landscape, science, history, emotion, and perception, her interdisciplinary work bridges the gap between scientific rationality and the emotional nature of human experience. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 2007 and is published in several books and journals. She has been awarded Artist Residencies across the US, Canada, and Europe, and was the US-UK Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dundee in 2022.

Education:
  • California College of the Arts, BFA, 2007
Expertise:
  • Art + Design
  • Sculpture
  • Data visualization

Ann is an art historian and curator based in Oakland. Her current research concerns the scrapbooks of photographers Cecil Beaton, Walker Evans, and George Platt Lynes and explores the relationship between documentary, ethnographic, and fashion photography between the wars. This project has received support from Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, The Mellon Foundation, and the Terra Foundation of American Art.

From 2010 to 2016, Ann was a curator at the Bard Graduate Center, New York...

Education:
  • Stanford University, PhD in Art History, expected 2024
  • Bard Graduate Center, MA in Design History and Material Culture
  • Boston University, BFA in Studio Art
Expertise:
  • Design history
  • Fashion history
  • 20th century American art and craft

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

Pia Zaragoza is a creative technologist, researcher, and educator exploring the current use cases and future possibilities of emerging technologies. Constantly tinkering and experimenting, her work is at the intersection of computer science, engineering, and the social sciences.

Education:
  • New York University, MA in Interactive Telecommunications, 2014
  • The American University of Paris, BA in Global Communications, 2008
Expertise:
  • User experience
  • Inclusive design
  • Accessibility
  • Communications