Marcia Lausen is the former Director of the UIC School of Design and founder of the Chicago office of Studio/lab. At UIC Marcia leads a renowned faculty of professional designers variously engaged in contemporary design theory and practice. As a design and academic leader, Marcia is an advocate for the value of design in commercial, cultural, urban, and civic activity. Studio/lab maintains a client base that spans these sectors.
Following the 2000 presidential election, she played a leading role in Design for Democracy, a national election design reform initiative of AIGA, the professional association for design. Her book of the same title was published in 2007 by the University of Chicago Press.