Rick Landesberg

Rick Landesberg

Adjunct Associate Professor


Rick Landesberg is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Design, teaching graphic identity. For 28 years he has headed of Landesberg Design, a communication design practice located in Pittsburgh and New York City. His work has focused on design for the common good and design in public spaces.

Landesberg recently re-joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, where he previously taught for 15 years. He has lectured on design issues nationally and abroad, and has judged the prestigious Communication Arts Design Annual competition. He was a founder and board member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the AIGA, and belongs to the Association of Professional Design Firms (APDF), and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD). He serves on the communications advisory board of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the advisory board of Migration Policy Institute. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.

He recently directed the design of a map system along Pittsburgh’s three rivers, a sign system for the United Nations Foundation’s offices in New York and Washington, an identity and wayfinding system for Pittsburgh’s Point State Park, marketing materials for one of the world’s most prestigious flute makers, a system for reporting progress on juvenile obesity for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an identity for a theater company in Cleveland, a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of a hospital in rural Haiti, the online annual report for the nation’s largest community development support organization, and the magazine for one of the country’s leading philanthropies, the Heinz Endowments.

Landesberg is a 2010 recipient of the AIGA Fellow Award, a program that recognizes designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community.

He holds a BFA from University of the Arts, and a Certificate –Advanced Course of Study from Central St. Martins College of Art, London, England.