Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology
The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology is an international hub for education, research, collaboration and advocacy, expanding the scope of the programs in the College of Art and Design’s School of Design.
The world-class facility houses the archive of renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli, whose graphic and product work are icons of international design.
The center is a glass box building that houses thousands of artifacts from the late designers, many of which are on display throughout the building’s gallery and public spaces. The site features sweeping views of the RIT campus from the meeting room on the fourth floor. From this room, one can sit in a Vignelli-designed chair and contemplate design and its impact on the landscape.
The building was designed in part by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, working with general contractor Manning Squires Hennig. HBT Architects of Rochester and M/E Engineering P.C. also played a role in the Vignelli Center structure.
The center was created and opened in 2010, and adds significant depth to RIT’s community of creators and innovators. Its distinctive and accessible archival resources work in tandem with inventive programming to deliver a supportive learning environment for RIT’s students.