AIGA HOU Design Fellow 2019: Lana Rigsby

AIGA Houston is pleased to honor Lana Rigsby, Founding Partner & Creative Director of Rigsby Hull, as our 2019 Design Fellow.

We will be joined by special guests, Dana Arnett, 2014 AIGA Design Medalist and current President of AIGA, and DJ Stout, a partner of Pentagram.

As the highest honor an AIGA chapter can bestow upon one of its members, the AIGA Fellow Award recognizes designers who have made a significant contribution to raising standards of excellence, practice, and conduct within the local and regional design community.

We're also excited to honor a 2019 Emerging Designer, chosen and announced by Lana Rigsby the same evening.

Evening Program



Check In / Drinks and Light Bites / View Retrospective of Lana’s Work


Welcome and Announcements

Michelle Coffey, President of AIGA Houston


“Why AIGA” Vision + Memories of Working with Lana

Dana Arnett, 2014 AIGA Design Medalist and current President of AIGA

DJ Stout, Pentagram Partner


Life and Work Retrospective Talk

Lana Rigsby


Presentation of Fellow Award and Emerging Designer Award


MATCH, The Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery

3400 Main Street

Houston, TX 77002


$25 for AIGA Members

$40 for Non-AIGA Members

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If tickets are still available on the day of the event, only non-member pricing and cards will be accepted for ticket purchases at the door.


Street parking and paid garage parking available directly across from the venue. More information can be found here. Ridesharing and taking the MetroRail are also encouraged.


Lana Rigsby

As president and creative director for Rigsby Hull, Lana Rigsby has been honored internationally for design that pairs verbal intelligence with restrained, elegant expression. Her multi-disciplinary firm is known for its approach to communications design, branding, and design for built environments. Rigsby Hull’s work has been published extensively, and is part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent collection, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University, the Denver Art Museum, and is included in Steven Heller/NY Times’ book Timeline: A Century of Design Milestones. In its 50th Anniversary issue, Communication Arts cites Rigsby Hull as one of the most influential American design firms of the past half century.

An outspoken thinker and practitioner in the field of communications, Lana Rigsby has authored publications, chaired conferences, and lectured for universities and institutions throughout the country. She has served as a judge for many international design competitions and exhibitions, is a founding member of the AIGA Texas Chapter and has served as National Director for the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Dana Arnett

Dana Arnett is the vice chair and founding partner of the internationally recognized firm, VSA Partners. Arnett leads a group of 280 associates in the creation of design and marketing programs, as well as digital and interactive initiatives, for a diverse roster of clients, including: Harley-Davidson, IBM, General Electric, Bloomberg, Anheuser Busch, and Google.

Over the course of his 30 years in the field, Arnett and the firm have been globally recognized by numerous prestigious competitions. In 2014, Arnett was awarded the AIGA Medal, the highest citation honoring lifetime achievement and contribution to the industry.

DJ Stout

DJ Stout is one of twenty-four partners of Pentagram, a renowned design firm with offices in London, New York, Berlin and Austin. He studied graphic design at Texas Tech University and began his career in 1981 working for Robert A. Wilson Associates in Dallas. In 1987, he moved to Austin, where he served as Art Director of Texas Monthly magazine for thirteen years. 

In 2010 DJ was the recipient of the prestigious Richard Gangel Award, a lifetime achievement designation from the Society of Illustrators. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the author of three books. DJ’s design retrospective Variations on a Rectangle was published in 2015 by the University of Texas Press.

AIGA Houston

As the profession’s oldest and largest professional organization for design—with 75 chapters and more than 25,000 members—AIGA seeks to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. Here locally, we are focused on building community, strengthening skills, and advocating for design. The Houston chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary last fall. We are a 100% volunteer-powered nonprofit organization.


We are committed to programming that is as inclusive as possible. If you require special assistance or are in need of wheelchair seating, please email at least 10 business days before the scheduled event.

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Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

When & Where
Fri, Oct 25, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
MATCH - Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston
3400 Main street
Houston, TX 77002