Alexander Tochilovsky

Associate Professor (Proportional-Time)
Curator, Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography

Alexander Tochilovsky was born in Odessa, USSR, and emigrated to the United States in 1989. He attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he received his BFA in May of 2000. His main areas of concentration were graphic design and photography. Following graduation, Alexander worked in the Cooper Union Center for Design and Typography for four years, before deciding to pursue a graduate degree. In 2005 he attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s 2D Design department. After graduating with an MFA in May 2007 he returned to New York and began teaching at The Cooper Union School of Art. In the fall of 2009 he co-curated an exhibition Lubalin Now with Mike Essl, and was named Curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography in 2010. Since 2010 he has curated five exhibitions: Appetite (2010), Pharma (2011), Type@Cooper (2012), Image of the Studio (2013), & Thirty (2015). Since 2007 he has taught typography and graphic design at the Cooper Union, Fordham University, City College and SUNY Purchase. He also teaches the history of typeface design at Type@Cooper, the postgraduate certificate program he co-founded in 2010. 

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