Phil Hamlett

Past President, Exec. Officer

Phil Hamlett is the Graduate Director of the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the largest private art and design school in the country. In this setting, he teaches classes, develops curriculum, manages the thesis development process, and provides broader strategic guidance for the graduate program. His students emerge as advanced design practitioners and go on to acquire positions at leading firms around the world.

Prior to joining the Academy in 2004, Phil led design studios on both coasts, doing award-winning work for clients large and small. His extensive experience provides him with the perspective necessary to prepare students for the challenges of the real world. Capable of playing a wide variety of design and communication roles, he is adept at identifying creative challenges, distilling core objectives, and facilitating the development of whatever works to make it all better.

As a former AIGA national board member, founder of Compostmodern and co-author of the Living Principles for Design, he sets the agenda for sustainable business practice within the design community through writing and speaking engagements.