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  • Henk Van Assen

    Part-time Lecturer

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    vanasseh@newschool.edu

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    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Henk Van Assen

    Profile

    Henk van Assen graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Department of Graphic Design and Typography) in The Hague, The Netherlands, in 1989. After working several years as a graphic designer in Amsterdam, he came to the United States, where he received his M.F.A. in 1993 from Yale University.

    He is founding principal of HvAD, a multi-disciplinary design studio in New York City. In that capacity, Mr. van Assen has worked on many projects in print, environmental, and screen-based media, ranging from book design to branding to web design and way finding systems. Clients include Acquavella Galleries, NY; Rizzoli, NY; MALBA, Buenos Aires; the GeGo Foundation, Caracas; the Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Museum of the City of New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; FotoFest Inc., Houston; the New York Public Library; Yale University Press, New Haven, David Zwirner Galleries, NY, and the Museum of Arts and Design, NY.

    He was awarded multiple “AIGA 50 Best Books Awards”; several “AAUP Best Book awards”; the 2005 New York Book Show award; the American Association of Museums, Excellence Award, 2006; the Washington Book Publishers Design Effectiveness Show, 2008; and International Latino Book Awards, 2018. He has also been a juror for the AAUP 50 Best Books in 2000 and 2016.

    In addition to his studio practice, since 1999, Mr. van Assen is a senior critic in Graphic Design at Yale University. Prior to this appointment he taught design at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is part-time lecturer at Parsons School for Design siec 2012. Additionally, he has lectured internationally, most recently in Jinan, China and Tel Aviv, Israel.

    He coauthored, with Daniel M. Olsen, Ranch Gates of the Southwest (Trinity Press, San Antonio, TX, 2009); and Jan Willem van Assen: Een Onstuimig Talent (Voerman Museum, The Netherlands, 2015). Other recent personal projects include a billboard for “Artists for PSA,” in New York City. And a typographic installation for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy


    Degrees Held

    MFA


    Awards And Honors

    Fifth Annual James A. Porter & David C. Driskell Book Award
    2020
     

    International Latino Book Awards
    2018
     

    Palestine Book Awards, Creative Award
    2017
     

    Royal Photographic Society
    London, UK, 2016
     

    Virginia Fields Memorial Book Award
    2011
     

    Washington Book Publishers Design Effectiveness Show
    2008
     

    American Association of Museums Excellence Award
    2006
     

    AIGA 50 Best Books Award
    2005
     

    New York Book Show
    2005
     

    AIGA 50 Best Books Award
    2004
     

    American Association of University Presses, Best Books Award
    2003
     

    Alice Davis Hitchcock Award
    (Society of Architectural Historians), 2002
     

    Boston Bookbuilders Guild, Best Books Award
    2002
     

    American Association of University Presses, Best Books Award
    2002
     

    AIGA 50 Best Books Award
    2000
     

    AIGA 50 Best Books Award
    1999
     

    Mitchel A. Wilder Award (Gold)
    1999, Texas Association of Museums
     

    Case Council for Advancement and Support of Education
    1998


    Current Courses

    Core 2: Type & Interaction

    Core 2: Type & Interaction (Spring 2020)

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