Contract: 2017 Legend: Michael Vanderbyl


Four out of the five designers in his office are graduates of the California College of the Arts (CCA), and that is no coincidence. A 1968 graduate of CCA himself, Vanderbyl taught there from 1973 to 2014, and was dean from 1986 to 2002. “I firmly believe that theory needs to find its way into practice. [A designer is] not someone who just takes orders and executes things that some client wants. You are someone who participates, and you’re a thinker,” he says. 

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