Rita Daly

Associate Professor, Art & Design

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Teaching Philosophy

Becoming educated is a complex process, starting from the day we are born. As people with strong visual abilities, observing is a significant part of the way we learn and build knowledge. The goal is to encourage students to make links. The "ah ha" moment comes when the students connect what they observe with what they know about the world, society, themselves - when one aspect informs the other, this is the moment when good and innovative initiatives happen.


  • MFA, Printmaking, Connecticut College
  • BFA, Interior Design, Pratt Institute

Recent Professional Highlights

  • 2013: ASIDNE, Excellence in Design Award Honoree 
  • 2013: Panelist, Micro-Housing: Rethinking Urban Living - Building Boston 2030, Sponsored by the Center for Real Estate, a collaboration with Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School & NESAD’s MA Interior Architecture Sustainable Design class
  • 2011: Design Intelligence 25 Most Admired Educators of 2012
  • 2011: Design New England, Midcentury Modern Progression, Lincoln (Sept/Oct. 2011)
  • 2010: Co-Winner American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Educator Excellence Award

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • Member, Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD)
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Courses Taught

  • Graphic Design I & II
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Graduate Studio II
  • Graduate Thesis
  • Environmental Graphic Design