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The Board of Trustees at the Harrington College of Design is comprised of seven recognized leaders across various industries who lend their professional experience and credentials in support of Harrington’s mission to create the next generation of design professionals to lead and serve the global community.

Today, I’d like to share with you a special feature on Carlos Martinez, who currently serves on the Board. Here is what I found out!

Me:  What is your connection to Harrington or what made you join Harrington’s Board?

Carlos: As a design educator for the last 25 years I have a great passion for teaching.  I was asked to join the Board several years ago and I have really enjoyed contributing and leveraging my role as educator, practitioner and industry leader on behalf of Harrington.

 M: Can you share any advice for current design students?

C: Quite often people ask me what advice I can give this new generation of designers.  My answer is quite simple – be passionate, learn how to see, be a great listener, and design for what others need, not for what you want.

Thanks Carlos!

About Carlos Martinez:
Carlos Martinez is a design leader with more than 25-years experience in a hybrid combination of architecture, design, innovation, and strategy. As a Principal at Gensler, Carlos has the dual roles of global Design Leader and Design Director for Gensler’s North Central Region.

Carlos is a passionate advocate for the strategic importance of great design and is known industry-wide for expertise in creating memorable spaces that honor their roots, delight users, promote collaboration, enhance communication, increase productivity, and elevate expectations. His clients have included companies in the professional services, consumer goods, technology, financial, retail and workplace sector.

Prior to Gensler, Carlos held design leadership roles in several Chicago architecture and design firms.  His perspective was shaped dramatically by several years in various capacities at Doblin, a Chicago-based innovation think-tank at the intersection of business strategy, user-research, and design.

Carlos also is active as a teacher of design and strategy in his capacity as adjunct professor of design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and he serves on the Board of Governors at Harrington College of Design. Carlos’ work has appeared in numerous national media outlets and design publications, including The New York Times, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Interior Design, House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, and Chicago Social Interiors.

Carlos is past Chairman of the Board of Directors for DIFFA Chicago and serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago High School for the Arts, the Marwen Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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As one of the first of a quarterly lecture series that will be sponsored by the Harrington Board of Trustees, last week on April 20, 2010, Harrington’s Board of Trustees and the IIT College of Architecture welcomed Warren Berger to present a lecture on his newly released book GLIMMER. The event drew a large crowd of industry leading professionals as well as students… check out some photos below!

Mitchell Obstfeld, President of i4design Media Intl. and a member of Harrington’s Board of Trustees, had the opportunity to invite Warren to speak after meeting with him and Bruce Mau for lunch at the University Club of Chicago early this year.   “I have heard a lot of feedback from students that the lecture was inspirational. I’m just glad to have been able to help bring this opportunity to them,” Mitch said.

GLIMMER was published by The Penguin Press in the U.S. and the Random House in Canada in October 2009 and in Europe in January, 2010 by Random House UK.

The book focuses on how design has moved far beyond million-dollar interiors and cool new typefaces; today it’s all about optimism, action and unlimited possibilities. In GLIMMER, written by journalist Warren Berger in collaboration with Dean Kamen, Yves Behar, Brian Collins, Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, and the eloquent and unforgettable Bruce Mau, ten groundbreaking principles of design are shown in action – addressing business, social, and personal challenges and improving the way we think, work, and live.

Interested in purchasing a copy? Visit here.

As Erik Parks, President of the Harrington College of Design said, “I thank Mitch Obstfeld and the entire Harrington College of Design Board of Trustees for inviting Warren Berger to speak to Harrington and IIT students.  Warren’s terrific book, Glimmer, advances and disseminates the topic of design thinking, something I believe will shape the economy in years to come and something we see in evidence every day at Harrington in our students, faculty, and staff.”

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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Sponsored by the Harrington College of Design Board of Trustees and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Author Warren Berger will be sharing with us insights on his newly released book; “Glimmer.”

Design has moved far beyond million-dollar interiors and cool new typefaces; today it’s all about optimism, action, and unlimited possibilities. In G L I M M E R, written by journalist Warren Berger in collaboration with Bruce Mau and other world-famous designers, ten groundbreaking principles of design are shown in action—addressing business, social, and personal challenges, and improving the way we think, work, and live.

 A book signing is to follow the Lecture…..

Admission is free, limited to 250 guests

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: IIT Campus, Siegel Hall Auditorium 3301 S. Dearborn Chicago, IL 

 Check out the event on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=370934873152

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This feature is on Jeff Lichtman, member of the Harrington Board of Trustees, and is continued from yesterday…


M: Can you share some of your thoughts on the design industry as a whole?

J: Although I am not a designer, I do see some exciting things happening at Harrington that I think position it well in contributing to the future success of its graduating designers and photographers.

First, Harrington’s commitment to sustainable design. This is clearly a trend in the marketplace – and something that the school has been engaged with for a while. Harrington offers LEED training and a variety of courses, concentrations and conferences on the subject.

The second is collaboration. More than ever, designers must be able to work in teams – with designers both within and outside their respective discipline. No longer will working in silos be a successful business model – and Harrington shows that they understand this with things like the Harrington Immersion Program (HIP). I would encourage students to look at this effort and adapt it for themselves. Future employers or clients will want to see how you can successfully work with others – helping to turn a good concept into a well executed idea.

About Jeff Lichtman:
Jeff Lichtman is currently Vice President of Brand Marketing & Strategy for the Art & Design Strategic Business Unit at Career Education Corporation. With over 15 years of brand marketing, Jeff draws from an extensive background of experience, having served in such roles as Vice President of a boutique consulting firm, Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research, Executive Director of Product Marketing & Strategy for WMS Gaming, and Director of Portfolio Strategy for the entire Ready-To-Eat Cereal Division of The Quaker Oats Company.

Jeff received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

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The Board of Trustees at the Harrington College of Design is comprised of seven recognized leaders across various industries who lend their professional experience and credentials in support of Harrington’s mission to create the next generation of design professionals to lead and serve the global community.
Today, I’d like to share with you a special feature on Jeff Lichtman. Here is what I found out!

M: Can you tell me a little about yourself, and what brought you to the Harrington College of Design?
J: My connection to Harrington is that I am responsible for Marketing and Strategy for all of CEC’s Art & Design schools. In that role, I was asked to join the Board in 2009. But the reality is that in doing research about CEC during my interview process, it was Harrington that made me most interested in joining the company. I took a look at Harrington’s website – and learned about the Communication Design program in particular – and saw the school and the company doing some innovative and exciting things. I respect how forward thinking Harrington is in its approach – and have been impressed by all that the school has accomplished in the last 18 months, especially the HLC accreditation.

Keep reading more tomorrow!

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The Board of Trustees at the Harrington College of Design is comprised of seven recognized leaders across various industries who lend their professional experience and credentials in support of Harrington’s mission to create the next generation of design professionals to lead and serve the global community.

 

Today, I’d like to share with you a special feature on Tom Segal, who currently serves as Chair to the Board. Here is what I found out!
M: Can you tell me a little about yourself, and what brought you to the Harrington College of Design?
T: I received my Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then worked for The Chicago Board Options Exchange. I returned to college for a Master of Architecture from The University of Illinois at Chicago, and then spent a semester studying Architecture in Rome, Italy. After working in the field of Architecture for a few years, I moved over to residential interiors, and then opened my own firm, Kaufman Segal Design.
One of the reasons I joined Harrington’s Board is because I have had many great opportunities in my life and feel it is very important to give back. One way I do that is being involved in many AIDS fundraisers, and community health care organizations. Before joining Harrington’s board I was a vice president on the board of Howard Brown Health Center, and found that very rewarding.
I was invited to join Harrington’s Board when it was first forming by some colleagues of mine, and was greatly interested in the education process, the state of interior design education, and expanding my involvement in the field outside my own firm.
M: Can you share some of your thoughts on the design industry as a whole?

 T: The field of design is inherently about change, and responding to the issues of the time. This particular time has some great challenges relating to the economy and the environment. These challenges therefore present great opportunities for those who are able to respond with great design.

About Kaufman Segal Design:
Kaufman Segal Design provides both residential and commercial interior design services. Their full service capabilities include custom design furniture and millwork, construction management, material specification, and planning.
Kaufman Segal Design has appeared on Home + Garden Television, has been featured in i4Design, Robb Report, Midwest Home Chicago, North Shore Magazine, Shelter Magazine, and LUXE Magazine to name a few. They were named Fashion Group International Style Makers and Rule Breakers of 2000, honored as Vox/Out Magazine Voices of Style and Design in 2004 and have been recognized by the ASID Illinois chapter for their award winning designs in 2006 and 2008.

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