Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Michael Rock, a writer and designer, is a founding partner and creative director at 2x4 and director of the GAP: Graphic Architecture Project at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. He is also a professor of Design (adjunct) at the Yale University School of Art where he has taught...for seventeen years; before that he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. At 2x4, he leads a wide range of projects including strategy, environmental, and media design for clients such as Prada New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo; Chinese Central Television Beijing; the Nike China Project; the Imperial Palaces of Seoul, South Korea; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Harvard University Art Museums. He was a fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and a contributing editor and graphic design journalist at I.D. Magazine. His writing on design has appeared in a variety of publications. He holds a BA in Humanities from Union College and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of the 1999-2000 Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome. In 2005, 2x4 was the subject of a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. That same year, Rock was elected to give the national Premsela Lecture in Amsterdam. In 2006 2x4 was the recipient of the National Design Award in Communication Design and their work is currently on display at the Architecture and Design Galleries at the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.