Haven Lin-Kirk was appointed as dean of the USC Roski School of Art and Design beginning July 1, 2018. Prior to her appointment, Lin-Kirk served as USC Roski’s vice dean of design, bringing national acclaim to the school and the creation of an MFA program in design, to be housed in a new facility in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District.
Lin-Kirk has been involved in design education for more than 20 years. In addition to being on the faculty at USC Roski, she frequently lectures and conducts workshops at a number of southern California organizations that include Scripps College, Loyola Marymount University, University of California, Los Angeles, Architecture + Design Museum, and Otis College of Art and Design, among others.
Professionally, she is an award-winning designer with a list of clients that includes The Los Angeles Times, Claim Jumpers, Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery, Pennzoil, Quark Xpress, Adobe, NASCAR, Random House E-books, and Toyota Motor Corporation. Lin-Kirk is also an accomplished artist with exhibitions at the Brewery Arts Complex; PØST Gallery; Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles; Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica; the Peggy Phelps Gallery and East Gallery at Claremont Graduate University; and Otak Gallery in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, of Chinese descent, Haven Lin-Kirk moved to Montreal, Canada, and subsequently to the United States as a young child. She earned her master’s degree at Claremont Graduate University and her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fullerton. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Arts Excellence grant (with USC Roski Design students and Ryman Arts), and the recipient of eight Maggie Awards for excellence in layout and publication design.