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The University Magazine

Work begins on Vignelli Center for Design Studies

A facility to house the archive of renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli is under construction on the west side of the James E. Booth Building.

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies will serve as a resource for students and scholars from around the world and provide space for classrooms, archival storage, offices, and exhibitions.

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Lella and Massimo Vignelli chat with R. Roger Remington 58, right, after the groundbreaking.

The achievements of the Vignellis span more than 40 years and have been exhibited around the world. The Vignellis have designed corporate identity programs for Xerox Corp., American Airlines, Bloomingdales, and Ford Motor Co. They also designed furniture for Sunar, Rosenthal and Knoll.

“The ability to envision what does not yet exist and develop a way to bring it to life is the designer’s craft,” says RIT President Bill Destler. “At RIT, we are seeking ways to bring that creative thinking and process to all our areas of study.”

“The Vignelli Center for Design Studies will house our comprehensive archive of graphic design, furniture and objects,” says Massimo Vignelli, co-founder of Vignelli Associates. “Lella and I are delighted to see our dream taking shape.”

Under the direction of R. Roger Remington ’58 (art and design), the Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at RIT, the center will foster studies related to Modernist design.

The Vignelli collection complements RIT’s 30 existing graphic design collections of Modernist American graphic design pioneers such as Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Cipe Pineles and others.

“This facility will be a global learning resource, bringing emphasis to design studies (history, theory and criticism) as it extends the educational curricula at RIT,” says Remington. “The Vignellis have always exemplified uncompromised excellence and greatness and now with the Vignelli Center, we are partners in this history.”

Kelly Downs