Ronald Kovach - Columbia College Chicago

Ronald Kovach



Ron Kovach is a designer, educator, and writer/editor. Like many effective problem solvers, he followed a circuitous journey to bring him where he is today. His search for self identity included the Marine Corps (discipline and passion); pre-med (scientific methodology); a B.A. in product design from Purdue University (form and function); educator at University of Illinois at Chicago (collaboration and fresh ideas); design vice president in a 200-person office (strategy and business); and many hours of volunteer work on professional boards (leadership).

This journey not only produced international recognition for Kovach, but enabled him to develop a process described as subtractive or elemental, collecting everything that seems important and then whittling it down to refinement. The result? Disarmingly simple iconic solutions limited only by time and budgets.

Kovach is past president of both The Art Institute of Chicago's Architecture Design Society and AIGA Chicago Chapter as well as a past chairman of 27 Chicago Designers. His work and writings have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Graphic Design, and Chicago Tribune.

For the past 10+ years, Kovach has been: an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago. He is also the co-founder / editor of DesignApplause, an international architecture and design online publication, as well as Chicago Design Archive, an exclusive and permanent online record featuring Chicago-related experiential, graphic, and product design.

Kovach’s journey continues on an international stage with invites to events such as design weeks in London, New York, Milan, and Paris to review, expose, and share world-class creative entities.

Instructional Areas

Design is an extremely inclusive endeavor.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing ~ Wernher van Braun