Deborah Sussman is recognized as a pioneer of environmental graphic design for creating arresting visual imagery and designing its highly imaginative applications for architectural and public spaces. Her passion for the marriage of graphics and the built environment, fueled by her early career at the Eames Office, has led to collaborations with planners, architects and clients.
Deborah's work, informed by perceptive observation and rigorous documentation of communities and cultures, has found its place in projects for cities, arts and entertainment venues, commercial developments and the private sector around the world. She began to work with architects in the late sixties and seventies; then incorporated as Sussman/Prejza & Co., with husband Paul Prejza. Deborah has led the firm in designing an array of notable projects.
Laureate, Art Directors Global Hall of Fame New York (ADC), 2012
Golden Arrow Award, Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), 2006
Medalist, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), 2004
Doctor of Humane Letters (Bard College), 1998
Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1988
Elected Member, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), 1987
Elected Member, International Womens Forum (IWF), 1987
Fellow and Founder, AIGA/LA, 1986
Fellow, Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD).
First woman to exhibit in New York’s School of Visual Arts’ “Master Series.”