Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

Vignelli Center Celebrates its
Fifth Anniversary at New York
City Event

Nearly 100 Rochester Institute of Technology faculty, staff, students and alumni gathered with donors, designers and former Vignelli staffers in New York City on May 14, 2016 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies on the Henrietta campus.


The event was hosted at the offices of Partners + Napier by Sharon Napier, Chief of Executive Officer, over looking Madison Square Park.


Invitation card for New York City event


“Tonight we celebrate five years of continuing the Vignelli design legacy at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT,” said R. Roger Remington, RIT’s Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design. “At the groundbreaking in 2008, President Destler said, ‘The creativity that is at the heart of a designer’s work is also invaluable to driving innovation in other fields.”


At the formal dedication of the Vignelli Center in 2010, Remington added, “Massimo set the course for the center when he said, “We hope our legacy is to make better professionals, more qualified designers.”



Poster for New York City event



During its five years at RIT, the center has served as a hub for design education, scholarship and research, expanding the scope of the programs offered through RIT’s School of Design. The school offers degree programs in graphic design, industrial design, interior design, new media design and computer graphics design.



View of Madison Square Park from offices of Parters + Napier



Attendees at the Vignelli Center Anniversary party



“In our first five years, one of the most significant events at the center were the times when Massimo and Lella were present to see their dream realized,” Remington said.


The Vignelli Center fifth anniversary event took place in the New York City offices of Partners + Napier, whose CEO Sharon Napier is a 2004 RIT alumna (MS, Service Leadership and Innovation).