Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar
Amir Berbić serves as dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, a role he assumed in 2019. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he also served as chair of graphic design, acting director of the UIC School of Design and associate dean of the UIC College of Architecture, Design and the Arts.
A graphic designer who works on questions surrounding identities of place and design pedagogy, Mr. Berbić collaborates with cultural organizations, art institutions and publishers to develop commissions that range from print design to environmental graphics. His works have featured in numerous academic journals and professional publications, as well as conferences and exhibitions, including Design Issues, Visual Communication, Print Magazine, Graphis, Wallpaper, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) National Design Conference, TypeCon, the Society of Typographic Arts, the International Council of Design (formerly ICOGRADA), the World Design Summit and Salone del Mobile in Milan. His work is also included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mr. Berbić previously sat on the AIGA Chicago Board of Directors, serving as vice president and co-chair of education. He is currently a board member of Qatar Museums Authority’s Creative Hub and serves as the co-chair of the Global Connections Committee of the International Conference of Fine Arts Deans.