Rick Valicenti is a master of design practice, a passionate and articulate spokesperson for design, and winner of the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. He leads initiatives that inspire change around societal issues such as sustainable living, public safety, and air quality. Sometimes called the “dean” of Chicago designers, Valicenti curated CHGO DSGN, an exhibition that showcased the work of more than 200 Chicagoans. Come see why – and how – design is reshaping our civic future. Valicenti will be in conversation with the Graham Foundation’s Sarah Herda.

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Biography of Speaker/Presenter: 

Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst/3st, a communication design practice. His work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, resides in the permanent collections of the Yale and Columbia University libraries, Denver Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been published in The New York Times. The winner of a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design, and an American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal, he is currently leading a Moving Design initiative on fresh air in Beijing, China.