The AIGA/NY Annex is our new pop-up space in downtown Manhattan where we exchange ideas through exhibitions, workshops, talks, and debate.


Located in South Street Seaport at 192 Front Street between John Street and Fulton Street, the Annex gives AIGA/NY the opportunity to engage both the design community and the wider public. Starting in August 2015, the space is open to the public during the day six days a week, with public and private events held on evenings and weekends throughout fall 2015. For updates, check regularly, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or subscribe to our email list.

The Annex will feature two exhibitions curated and produced by AIGA/NY:

Looking, Thinking Making in the City
August 11 – October 1, 2015

Making the City
October 19 – December 30, 2015



People Involved

Alicia Cheng

Project Board

Alicia Cheng is a founding partner at MGMT. design, a Brooklyn-based design studio founded with Sarah Gephart. MGMT.’s projects have focussed on print, branding, exhibition design, and data visualization. Selected clients include The New York Times, Yale School of Architecture,Modern Farmer Magazine, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, the royal family of Thailand, and Vice President Al Gore. Prior to founding MGMT., Alicia worked as a senior designer for Method, New York and was the co-design director at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She served as a lecturer at Yale University and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Cooper Union. Alicia received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from Yale University.

Juliette Cezzar

Project Board

Juliette Cezzar is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the BFA Communication Design program at Parsons / The New School, where she was the Director of the BFA Communication Design and BFA Design & Technology programs from 2011-2014. She established her small studio, e.a.d., in 2005. While books anchor the practice, her work has spanned a variety of media for clients such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, RES Magazine, The Museum of Modern Art, Vh1, The New York Times, Eleven Madison Park, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is the co-author of Designing the Editorial Experience (Rockport) and author-designer of Office Mayhem (Abrams), Paper Pilot, Paper Captain, and Paper Astronaut (Universe / Rizzoli). She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a professional degree (B. Arch) in Architecture from Virginia Tech.

Manuel Miranda

Project Board

Manuel Miranda is a designer and educator. His studio, MMP, works on graphics, interactions, and environments with A+I Architects, Architizer, Center for Urban Pedagogy, City of New York, Merchandise Mart, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Park Service, New York Foundation, Parsons School of Design, and SET Creative. He is a also a design critic at the Yale School of Art. Previously, Manuel was at 2×4, Inc., and Brand Integration Group at Ogilvy and Mather, and he earned his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art and B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Ansley Whipple

Assistant Director of Exhibitions

Along with her role in AIGA/NY, Ansley is also the Program Director for Design Ignites Change, an initiative of the Worldstudio Foundation that promotes and encourages students and professionals from across the globe to use design thinking and innovation to develop projects that will improve quality of life their communities. Previously, she has worked as a communications assistant at desigNYC, a organization that leveraged the design community to increase quality of life for its residents through community projects in New York City. Before moving to New York, Ansley was the Director of Operations at the Museum of Design Atlanta. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design in 2012 with a MA in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies and from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004 with a BS in Industrial Design.

David Frisco

Project Board

David Frisco is the principal of DFD: David Frisco Design, a collaborative design practice with an emphasis on clients with social purpose. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Design departments at Pratt Institute. David is Co-Creative Director of Design Corps at Pratt Institute, a pro-bono design program for non-profits, and Co-Coordinator of Public Project, a GradComD Initiative bringing public engagement opportunities to students. David founded IntraCollaborative, a socially minded design collective comprised of Pratt MFA graduates. Clients include desigNYC, Center for Urban Pedagogy and AIA/NY Center for Architecture and Glynwood. David holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale School of Art and a BFA in Graphic Design from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before heading out east, David was a Senior Designer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Chantal Fischzang

Exhibition Designer

Chantal Fischzang is a designer and educator based in NYC. Her practice serves a range of multidisciplinary projects through branding, data visualization, print, digital and exhibition design, providing design solutions focused on education, cross-cultural exchange and social impact. Along with her role as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Rutgers University-Newark, Chantal is Co-founder of IntraCollaborative, a design collective with an emphasis on clients with social purpose; Co-coordinator at the Design Consortium, a student/teacher run design studio focused on community-based projects; and Creative Director for Newest Americans, a multimedia collaboratory showcasing stories shaped by migration. Her list of clients include the Center for Urban Pedagogy, AIA/NY Center for Architecture, desigNYC and RTI International. Chantal earned an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and a BFA in Graphic Design from Florida Atlantic University.