Center for Design ATX • Austin Foundation for Architecture - Design Talks

Design Talks

Design Talks is presented by Center for Design ATX in collaboration with a new design organization each month and showcases Austin’s talented designers from all fields. This series is held in the spring and fall on second Wednesdays in the beautiful garden at Articulture.


SEPTEMBER 13 | Dr. Cheryl Miller in partnership with American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Austin

Graphic designer, educator and author Cheryl D. Miller aims to end the marginalization of BIPOC designers through her civil rights activism, industry exposé trade writing, rigorous research and archival vision. A nationally recognized advocate for equity and inclusion in graphic design and founder of the NYC social impact design firm Cheryl D. Miller Design, Inc. She currently serves as Professor of DEI in communication design at Art Center College of Design, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in design at the University of Texas–Austin (where she was the 2021 E.W. Doty fellow) and adjunct professor at Howard University and University of Connecticut. In 2021 she was an AIGA Medalist “Expanding Access,” a Cooper Hewitt “Design Visionary” awardee and an Honorary IBM Design Scholar, “Eminent Luminary.” She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Vermont College of Fine Arts and the President’s Global Advisory Board of Maryland Institute College of Art. She completed Freshman Foundation studies at The Rhode Island School of Design. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art, an MS in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary and an honorary degree in Humane Letters from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Doctor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design and The Pratt Institute. Her essays appear in PRINT and Communication Arts, and her D&I-related professional research is archived in the Cheryl D. Miller Collection at Stanford University and Herb Lubalin Study Center, Cooper Union. 

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is the professional association for design. We connect our creative community through programming that inspires, educates, and advocates for design. AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates in the United States, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.

OCTOBER 11 |  “Curating a Design Experience” with Jennifer Jarl McCombs in partnership with International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Texas Oklahoma Chapter

Jennifer Jarl McCombs RID, LEED AP, TAID, IIDA, a Partner and Director of Interiors at Urban Foundry Architecture (UFA), will present a case study on the principles and behaviors critical in creating a remarkable design environment.

Jennifer earned her degree in Interior Design from Texas State University and has 23 years of professional experience including developing the UFA interiors studio since joining in 2013. She is this year’s Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Austin Treasurer and is serving in her 6th year on the Board of Directors and 9th year as a CREW member. She also serves on CREW Network’s 2023 Multifamily Council which engages with peers at the global level within the multifamily asset class. Jennifer is also an advocate and proud member of Texas Association for Interior Design (TAID) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

About IIDA Texas Oklahoma: IIDA is a professional networking and educational association supporting design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients.
IIDA Texas Oklahoma Mission: IIDA, with respect for past accomplishments of Interior Design leaders, strives to create a strong niche for the most talented and visionary Interior Design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants, and to lead the way for the next generation of Interior Design innovators.

NOVEMBER 8 | Sterling E. Stevens in partnership with National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Central Texas

In 2009, Sterling E. Stevens seamlessly transitioned from practicing architecture to become a professional photographer and award-winning fine artist.  His curiosity for photography emerged during his design studies in Texas and North Carolina.  A trained aesthetic sensibility, acute empathy for his surroundings, and unadulterated joy of the still image contributed to his passion for visually translating the built environment.  Based between San Antonio, TX and Raleigh, NC, Stevens works throughout the southern United States, collaborating with a diverse array of clients, blending his artistic eye, architectural knowledge and situational awareness into dynamic portraits of environmental design.

The mission of NOMA of Central Texas is to sustain the legacy of NOMA’S founding members by deepening the visibility, support of, and solidarity of under-represented people in the field of architecture and beyond.







MARCH 8 – Philip Keil, AIA | Furman + Keil Architects | in partnership with AIA Austin
APRIL 12 – Ilse Frank, PLA, ASLA, Assoc. AIA | Studio Balcones | in partnership with Central Texas ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)