The strongest testimony to the value of our education is the success of our alumni. Lindsay Harkema, BS Arch07, joins a roster of graduates who live and work throughout the United States and internationally.
In 1955 three of our alumni—George Hellmuth, Gyo Obata, and George Kassabaum—founded one of the largest architectural firms in the world, now known as HOK, headquartered in St. Louis. We count among our architecture alumni: James Baker, president of Clemson University; Gene Schnair, managing partner for Skidmore Owings Merrill's San Francisco office; Elva Rubio, design director for Gensler Architecture Chicago; and Jay Bauer, founding partner of Bauer and Wiley Architects in Newport Beach, CA.
Alumni of the College & Graduate School of Art are engaged in and recognized for their contributions to a wide range of creative fields: sculptor Judy Pfaff was a 2004 MacArthur Prize Fellow; Dexter Fedor is a strategic marketing consultant for Hurley International, and formerly served as senior vice-president of global creative development for The Walt Disney Company; artist Laylah Ali has been featured on PBS Art 21, and is represented in the collections of MOMA (NY), Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston); Tom Friedman's work has been extensively exhibited at major museums throughout the world; and Paula Varsalona is internationally recognized as a designer of couture bridal apparel.