Deborah Sussman is recognized as a pioneer of environmental graphic design for creating arresting visual imagery and designing its highly imaginative applications for architectural and public spaces. Her passion for the marriage of graphics and the built environment, fueled by her early career at the Eames Office, has led to collaborations with planners, architects and clients.
Deborah’s work, informed by perceptive observation and rigorous documentation of communities and cultures, has found its place in projects for cities, arts and entertainment venues, commercial developments and the private sector around the world. She began to work with architects in the late sixties and seventies; then incorporated as Sussman/Prejza & Co., with husband Paul Prejza. Deborah has led the firm in designing an array of notable projects. S/P has, and continues, to design venues in the cultural and civic sectors.
Selected Honors Include: Laureate, Art Directors Global Hall of Fame New York, (ADC), 2012, Golden Arrow Award (SEGD), 2006, Medalist, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), 2004, Doctor of Humane Letters (Bard College), 1998, First woman to exhibit in New York’s School of Visual Arts’ “Master Series”, 1995, Fellow, Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), 1991, Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1988, Elected Member, The Trusteeship, International Women’s Forum, 1987, Elected Member, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), 1987, Fellow, AIGA /LA, 1986, Founder, AIGA/LA, 1986.
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