The Michael Graves College lecture series will feature Ayse Birsel, co-founder and creative director of the award-winning design and innovation studio Birsel+Seck, on Wednesday, February 22 at 5 p.m. in GLAB rm 617.
Birsel is the creator of Design the Life You Love, a book and curriculum that teaches non-designers how to create a meaningful life using her design process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction™, and its tools.
Ayse Birsel is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2001 Young Designers Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Born in Izmir, Turkey, Birsel came to the U.S. in 1986 to attend Pratt Institute on a Fulbright Scholarship. She resides in New York City with her husband and partner, Bibi Seck, and their three children, who continue to inspire her designs.