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Loyola University New Orleans Department of Graphic Design And Tulane University School of Architecture Co-Host Talk

Loyola press release - January 25, 2016

Internationally recognized designer April Greiman and leading architect Michael Rotondi will speak Monday

Loyola University New Orleans Department of Graphic Design, in collaboration with Tulane University School of Architecture, welcome an internationally recognized designer and architect on Monday for a public talk. Designer April Greiman and architect Michael Rotondi will speak from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in the newly renovated Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The talk is free and open to the public.

April Greiman is a graphic designer and artist whose innovative ideas and projects and hybrid-based approach have been influential worldwide over the last 30 years. Her explorations of image, typography and color as objects in time and space are grounded in her singular fusion of art and technology. Greiman has been instrumental in the acceptance and use of advanced technology in the arts and the design process since the early 1980’s. She pioneered digital and computer art and became renowned for her unique experiments with the Apple Macintosh and Quantel Paintboxes.

Today, April Greiman continues a unique approach that blends technology and science with symbol and myth, words and images, with texture and space. Her unique expertise is focused on color-surfaces-materials consulting and trans-media projects for such clients as Accenture Tower, Minneapolis; Madame Tussaud’s, Hollywood Boulevard; and the Great Park, Irvine, California.

A growing interest in the built environment has led to close collaborations with architecture firms such as Barton Myers Architects, Johnson Fain, DMJM/Aecom, Frank O. Gehry & Associates and RoTo Architects. These projects range from motion and animation, three-dimensional objects and exhibitions, to the development of color, surfaces and materials palettes.

Greiman was born in Metropolitan New York City and studied at the Allgemeine Kuntsgewerbeschule (General Arts Trade School) in Basel, Switzerland and the Kansas City Art Institute. She moved to Los Angeles in 1976, establishing her multi-disciplinary practice, currently called Made in Space.

Michael Rotondi, FAIA, is the principal at RoTo Architects responsible for all aspects of project design and delivery. He is recognized as an innovative architect and educator. He has practiced and taught architecture for 30 years ― first as a founding partner of Morphosis, from 1975 to 1991, and now at RoTo Architects, from 1991 to present. He was a founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and served as director for ten years, from 1987 to 1997.

Projects range from educational to institutional, cultural, commercial, entertainment, residential and religious, and the clients have ranged from individuals to diverse groups in large organizations. Mr. Rotondi has received numerous awards for his designs and teaching, most recently, the 2009 AIA/LA Gold Medal. His awards also include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize for Architecture for his body of work in 1992. In 1997, he was recognized by the AIACC for his work as an educator and was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 1985.

Rotondi’s leadership as an educator has given him the insights, knowledge, and practices that are essential to teaching, learning, and administering all levels and types of education. He has developed programs, written curriculum, hired faculty and designed faculties for professional, disciplinary and trans-disciplinary education systems. The knowledge that comes from his work as an educator forms the basis of his work as an architect.

Loyola University New Orleans’ one-year-old Department of Graphic Design is the only university graphic design program in the city and one of seven in the state. The program offers coursework from printmaking, screenprinting, calligraphy and sign-lettering to interactive web design. Drawing on Jesuit values of critical thinking and “seeing God in all things,” the program places emphasis on collaborating with clients and the community to identify communication needs and to develop creative design solutions.

“I am going to teach you how to think,” Marx said. “If you want to stand out as any kind of designer, you have to have a different perspective, you have to have an edge. You have to stand out.”