About The Vignelli Center for Design Studies

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies, located on Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus in Rochester, New York, is home to the archives of Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

The Vignelli Center leads through practice and programs in the interpretation of quality design. We strive to inspire widespread recognition of how the artifacts we collect, preserve and understand broaden and enrich life. We do so as stewards of the legacy of Massimo and Lella Vignelli, who value excellence, creativity and innovation.

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies is dedicated to advancing design excellence through these goals:
Education
Advocacy
Preservation
Collaboration
Public good
Globalism

The primary purpose of the Vignelli Center is education. On a grand scale, this facility enhances many educational programs by extending the important Modernist design values of the Vignellis.

The Center houses the Vignelli’s extensive professional archives which includes primary source material and finished works. The Center has two levels of archival storage, two galleries located in the Vignelli Center that exhibit Vignelli artifacts from the archives, the Helen Hamlyn Trust Study Room and offices.

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies is open to the public and welcomes visitors.

Find out more about visiting and guided tours here.