Collaboration, problem-solving, and attention to detail are at the heart of Irene’s approach. In recent years, she has chosen to work primarily with educational institutions and other mission-driven organizations. Her clients have included Concord Academy, Groton School, MIT, MIT Press, Boston’s Museum of Science, Nashoba Brooks School, New England Conservatory and The Park School.
Earlier in her career, Irene collaborated with the multidisciplinary design firm Shepard Quraeshi Associates (SQA), where she was project manager and senior graphic designer. She also worked for J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York City as one of the first designers hired to form J.P. Morgan’s new, in-house corporate communications department. While there Irene designed publications and other print materials and helped to establish new graphic standards and identity systems. Her cover design of the company’s 1985 Annual Report was described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of the most provocative covers to come out of a conservative institution.”
Irene’s work has won awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and has been published in AIGA annuals, HOW magazine, and IDEA magazine.
Irene’s interest in education also has led her to the classroom: she has taught graphic design at the Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, and the Portland School of Art (now MECA, the Maine College of Art), and she assisted during an intensive computer workshop at the Yale School of Art.
Irene received her MFA in graphic design from Yale University and her BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is a graduate of Concord Academy and served on the school’s board of trustees.