The DFW chapter of AIGA, the nation’s largest professional design organization, has chosen an SMU professor to receive its most important commendation.
Willie Baronet, visiting executive-in-residence in the University’s Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts, will receive the 2013 AIGA Fellow Award, the highest honor bestowed by an AIGA chapter upon one of its members.
Baronet will accept the award Saturday, Oct. 5 in a ceremony at the Charles and Dee Wyly Theater in the Dallas Arts District. The ceremony caps off AIGA DFW’s 3rd annual Design Week, a celebration of design and design advocacy. Also receiving the award will be Jimmy Squires, founder of Dallas-based communications and design firm Squires & Company.
The award honors senior-level members who have made “a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community,” and takes into account their work in education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as their practice of design.
“Our chapter is honored to present the Fellow Award to not just one, but two members who have helped build the foundation for great design in Dallas-Fort Worth,” says Gus Granger, chair of the 2013 Fellow Award Celebration, AIGA DFW president and principal and founder of 70kft. “They have not only built a great name for themselves and their companies, but they have greatly influenced many of the design leaders of our community today, and continue to do so. They’re a major part of our community’s footprint in design, both regionally and nationally.”
During Design Week, Baronet and Temerlin adjunct lecturer Suzanne Larkin will each give a presentation on helping professionals grow as designers and problem solvers. The talks will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 24 beginning at 7:15 p.m. at 2625 Main Street in Dallas. Both are open to the public. For tickets and more information, visit aigadfwdw.org.