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Josh Owen named director of RIT's Vignelli Center for Design Studies

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --A Josh Owen, an internationally renowned designer, author and faculty-researcher who has led Rochester Institute of Technology'sindustrial design program to national prominence since coming to the university a decade ago, has been named the new director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies and the Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design. Owen succeeds R. Roger Remington, the founding director of the international resource for design that houses the archive of the late Massimo and Lella Vignelli, whose graphic and product designs are icons of modern design. Remington retired in June after 57 years at RIT. The search was led by Todd Jokl, dean of the College of Art and Design, who is "excited to work closely with Josh and the Vignelli Center on our ambitious agenda and to realize even greater appreciation and access to this remarkable resource in our region and globally.""Josh Owen's career in the profession and in education exemplifies the power of design to better the world in many ways," Jokl said. "Just as Roger Remington was the perfect champion to found and lead the Vignelli Center through its first decade, Josh comes into this position with a unique mix of leadership skills, ambition and networking to advance and expand the center's reach and programming in the decades ahead."Owen said he is "deeply honored and grateful that both my colleagues and RIT's leadership felt that I was the right fit to lead the Vignelli Center."
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