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Save the Date!
May 4th, 2018 - AAD Event: Moving On Starts with a Farewell | Chandler-Ullmann Hall | Mountaintop
4:30-6pm Alumni Panel Discussion
6pm - Award Ceremony and Farewell to Retiring Faculty, Bruce Thomas & Ricardo Viera
6:30-8:30pm Mountaintop Reception
Please join faculty, students and alumni of the Department of Art, Architecture & Design in celebrating the beginning of a new chapter with a farewell to Chandler-Ullmann and a warm welcome to our new home on the Mountaintop campus. Following our alumni panel discussion in Chandler-Ullmann, we will be paying tribute to our retiring faculty, Bruce Thomas and Ricardo Viera, and also unveiling the Richard Redd Award with the announcement of this year’s recipient.
At the conclusion of the presentation we will be providing transportation to Mountaintop for a festive cocktail reception and buffet.
Please join us for a most memorable evening!
Alumni interested in attending the event should contact Jason Travers for additional details  (

Christine Ussler, AAD Professor of Practice

AAIA Eastern Pennsylvania

2012 Award of Merit - Private Residence Project

For the second consecutive year, Christine Ussler, M.ARCH, Columbia University and her firm Artefact, Inc. were recognized with an AAIA Eastern Pennsylvania award.  The firm received the 2012 Award of Merit, for a Northampton County Private Residence Project.  The following link to the AAIA website contains comments and images of their 2012 award winning projects:  

Jolie Coquette_Alston

AAD alumnus Kimber-Lee Alston, Design'13, TE '14 is the founder of Jolie Coquette. Kimber-Lee is based in San Francisco, CA and recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her "Ready-to-Play-Wear" Playsuit.

Image borrowed from Jolie Coquette website.

Athena Jewelry - Christina Kazakia '08

AAD design alumnus Christina Kazakia '08 designed smart safe jewelry "Athena" for Philly start up Roar for Good. Check out their Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund her design.

Congratulations to Randi Tutelman, Design '12, TE '13G and Amy Mazius, Design '13, co-founders of Eleanor Kalle, a lifestyle jewelry brand with products selling at four Urban Outfitters stores in New York City and Los Angeles.

Image borrowed from Eleanor Kalle website.

Kristopher Takács, Arch '95 (by SOM)

Congratulation to AAD architecture alum, Kristopher Takács, Arch '95 who will assume the lead in the Washington, D.C. practice of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).

Dominique Brown '14

Dominique tells the story of her RIND project

Lisa Glover - Dino

Lisa Glover '13, graduated from Lehigh with a major in architecture and art minor.  While continuing her education in Lehigh's Technical Entrepreneur graduate program, she ran a successful Kickstarter campaign enabling her to fund her start up company KitRex - a puzzle-craft company.

Lehigh University AAD - Psych Mexico

Amy Mazius, Design '13 & Randi Tutelman '12
"Psychedelic Mexico" - Eleanor Kalle Jewelry Preview
The Gallery at Home & Planet - First Friday, May 3, 2013


Home & Planet welcomed Lehigh Design graduates, Amy Mazius & Randi Tutelman founders of the exciting new jewelry company, Eleanor Kalle. Eleanor Kalle is a jewelry company for the Modern Woman pairing bedhead with a blazer and a bright lip with ballet flats. She's a risk-taking trendsetter. The design duo created the lifestyle brand for Her - the woman who wants a little more adventure, a little more edge, a little more sparkle. Show at Home & Planet runs through May 26.

Lehigh University AAD - Tom McMurtrie

Thomas McMurtrie '12

Dale S. Strohl '58 Senior Thesis Grant

Permanent Installation: "Message Board"

Fifth year architecture student Tom McMurtrie designed a translucent, multi-directional, light and shadow "message board" as part of his senior thesis project. Tom applied the funds he was awarded from a Dale S. Strohl '58 senior thesis grant to work through the fabrication process and installed the message board on the main campus between Chandler-Ullmann Hall and the University Flag Pole. Listen as Tom discuss his project with Silagh White, Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs and contributor to the award winning Arts@Lehigh Blog. Tom will be attending Harvard in the fall to work on his master's degree in architecture.

Lehigh University AAD - Lisa Glover

   Lisa Glover, Architecture Major & Art Minor

  "The Shirt" - Design Contest Winner

The Lehigh Bookstore and Lehigh University Business Services (UBS) teamed up to keep one of Lehigh's favorite traditions going this year. "The Shirt," a shirt that is student-designed annually to commemorate the school year was created by AAD's own Lisa Glover, class of 2013. Her design focuses on the theme "Soaring to meet every challenge" and depicts iconic Lehigh scenes and moments. Lisa's design was chosen among twelve different entries by a committee of Lehigh students, faculty and staff. Her accomplishment is also featured in the Alumni Bulletin - Spring 2013.


Lehigh University AAD - Victoria Herrmann
Packard 101

Victoria Herrmann

International Relations and Art History Major 


Victoria Herrmann ’12 says she studies “for those who have lost their voice.” She is the recipient of the 2012 Percy Hughes Award for Scholarship, Humanity, and Social Change. The award will be given out in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. convocation day awards, and presented by Percy Hughes' granddaughter on January 19, 2012 at 4:30PM in Packard 101 at Lehigh University. Please visit the following link, a Lehigh University press release about the Percy Hughes award and Victoria's works toward justice.

Lehigh University AAD - Julia Kwon

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Julia Kwon, '11 

28X22 Oil on Canvas


Julia Kwon, won the American Association of University Women’s Celebrating Women’s Voice in Politics and Art poster contest with this painting, Shattering the Glass Ceiling. The multiple lines and marks symbolize the cracking of the glass ceiling as well as the consistent efforts of women to shatter the glass ceiling, the unacknowledged barriers that most women encounter when it comes to upward mobility within an organization.

Lehigh University AAD - "Grand Malarkey" by Maggie Griffiths

"Grand Malarkey"

Maggie Griffiths '12 - Design Honors Thesis

Opening Reception: April 28, 2012 - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Girdler Gallery, Lehigh University Center


"My Grandma's witticisms and well-timed quips inspired my design honors thesis work. Her words have served as a vehicle for melding my love of hand-drawn typography with my passion for designing and fabricating tangible objects."  ~ Maggie Griffiths


On display in the Girdler Gallery - April 23rd - May 21st, 2012 - Gallery Hours - Daily 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.