Patti Lachance is an Associate Professor of graphic design and was the Administrative Chair of the School of Design in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences for eleven years. She came to RIT in 1994 after teaching graphic design and illustration at Buffalo State College. With a BFA in Visual Communication from the Herron School of Art (Indianapolis, IN) and an MFA in Medical Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology, she spent six years as an art director for Bausch & Lomb, two years as a creative director for Leica Microsystems, and over twenty-five years as a freelance designer. Her work has been published in numerous books and journals including Print Magazine’s Design Annuals, Print’s Best Posters & Billboards, Print’s Best Letterheads & Business Cards, American Corporate Identity, and Innovative Low Budget Design. She continues to produce work for clients but prefers to direct her creative attention to projects for non-profit organizations and causes. These have included the United Way of Greater Rochester, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Planned Parenthood, Strong Memorial Hospital, Kidney Foundation of Upstate NY, and The Billings Foundation.
Her latest research involves the study of collective and cooperative studio business models and their role in supporting social service and social cause design.