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Glen Cummings

Adjunct Associate Professor


Glen Cummings is founding partner of MTWTF, a New York based design consultancy which collaborates with a wide range of clients to translate complex content into engaging visual and environmental experiences. Glen operates as an editorial adviser and designer, driving the narratives that shape MTWTF’s response to the topics concerning organizations today — from housing shortages to innovative workspaces to the future of New York City’s music scene. Glen’s work with the public sector includes identity, wayfinding and placemaking projects commissioned by the The City of Newark, New Jersey, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Construction Company (MTACC), the Brooklyn Public Library, and Design Trust for Public Space. Glen’s in print has been widely exhibited and published by Monacelli Press, Metropolis Books, and Columbia University. MTWTF is a design consultancy that creates communication platforms for cultural, commercial, educational, and civic clients. Through research and analysis, we identify cultural and business contexts in which to design strategic communication platforms that get results. MTWTF situates itself within the broadest discipline of design — the shaping of our shared physical and electronic environment — and is known for creating communication tools that involve people, foster discussion and facilitate change. MTWTF’s comprehensivist design ethos has lead to placemaking collaborations, civic engagements and the creation of editorial platforms rich in narrative. MTWTF works to bring these processes of making meaning and prompting change to the public through a broad range of projects in the cultural, arts, civic, educational and private sectors.

Clients include: AIA New York Chapter; A/D/O; Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery; ArtHome; Base Hillel; Brookings Institution; Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn Public Library; Brown Institute for Media Innovation; Cairo Urban Initiative Project; Center for Architecture; Center for Urban Pedagogy; Center for the Humanities and the James Gallery, CUNY; Citizens Housing and Planning Council; City of Newark, New Jersey; Civic Data Design Lab, MIT; Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto; Design Trust for Public Space; Deste Foundation, Athens; Dia Art Foundation; Etsy; Film Society of Lincoln Center; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Humanities Action Lab; INABA WILLIAMS; LO-TEK; Lincoln Center Theater; Metropolis Books; Metropolitan Transportation Authority Construction Company (MTACC); Minnesota Street Project; Monacelli Press; Museum of Jewish Heritage; Museum of Modern Art; New Museum; New York City Department of Probation; New York Magazine; New York Mortgage Coalition; The NFL; Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA); POST, Houston; Red Bull Music Academy; Spatial Information Design Lab; SCAPE Landscape Architects, PLLC; SITU Studio; SOM (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill); Storefront for Art and Architecture; Studio Museum Harlem; Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture; University of Virginia, Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Village Alliance; WORKac; Yale University.

2008– MTWTF, Founder, Creative Director, Designer
2002–08 2×4, Senior Art Director, Designer

2012–14 Vice President, AIGA/NY
2011–12 Board Member, AIGA/NY
2009–10 Fellow, Design Trust for Public Space
2011– Founder, GDNYC

2018 Instructor, Information and Visualization MIT, School of Architecture + Planning
2014-18 Visiting Speaker: Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning and UCLA, Architecture and Urban Design
2002–14 Lecturer in Graphic Design Yale University School of Art, Undergraduate, preliminary, and summer courses as well as graduate sequence Exhibition Design
2013–14 Thesis Advisor, Graphic Design, MFA Program, Maryland Institute College of Art
2014 Visiting Critic, Ohio State, Architecture
2013 Thesis Advisor, MICA, MFA Graphic Design
2013 Thesis Critic, RISD, MFA Graphic Design
2012 Project advisor, MICA, MFA Graphic Design, Lille Design for Change competition
2011 Visiting Critic, MFA Graphic Design and, University of Connecticut at Storrs
2006 Instructor, SVA: The Histories of Graphic Design
2005 External Thesis Advisor, RISD, MFA Graphic Design
2004 Visiting Critic: Institute of the Arts, Philadelphia, BFA Product Design and OCAD University, Toronto, BFA Graphic Design
1998 Instructor, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Continuing Ed.

2002 Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Yale University School of Art
1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1995 Associates Degree, Nashville State Technical Institute