Laura Coombs is a designer in New York, working on visual identities and editorial projects with museums, artists, and architects. Since 2017, she has been design lead at New Museum at its peripheral entities, Rhizome and New Inc. She teaches graphic design at Cooper Union, RISD, and Princeton University.


Yale School of Art, MFA
Cornell University, B.Arch


Princeton, Lecturer, 2019–2024.
RISD, Critic, 2024.
Cooper Union, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2024.
Southland Institute, mentor, 2021–2024.
Pratt Institute, Visiting Professor, 2017–2023.


New Museum
Columbia Books on Architecture and the City
MIT Press
Verso Books
Carnegie Museum of Art
David Kordansky Gallery
Kunsthall Stavanger
Lisson Gallery
Park Books
New York Review of Architecture
47 Canal
The Clark
New Inc
Herman Miller
With Projects, Inc.
Princeton University
Yale School of Art
Yale School of Architecture
Pratt Institute
Associated Fabrication
Cornell University
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston


Tokyo TDC Annual Awards (multiple), 2023.
AIA Architecture in Media Award, 2023.
D&AD Wooden Pencil Award, 2023.
AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers (multiple), 2023.
Type Director’s Club (TDC) 69 (multiple), 2023.
ADC 102nd Annual Awards (multiple), 2023.
AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, 2022.
International Design Awards, 2022.
Antalis Creative Power Awards in Book Design, 2022.
Pratt Institute Faculty Research Award, 2021.
AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, 2020.
ADC 99th Annual Awards, 2020.
TDC 66, 2020.
Tokyo TDC Annual Awards, 2020.
AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, 2019.
Princeton Arts Fellowship finalist, 2019.
Future Forward Award, Center for Book Arts, 2019.
28th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, 2018.
Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Prize, Yale School of Art, 2017.


RISD Architecture, 2024.
MICA, 2024.
Harvard GSD, 2023.
Chicago Architecture Biennial 5, 2023.
OCAD, 2023.
Yale School of Art, 2023.
Pioneer Works, 2022, Cyberfeminism Index
Princeton University, 2022, Cyberfeminism Index
UPENN, 2021–2022.
Otis College of Art and Design, 2021.
Columbia GSAPP Advanced Architectural Design, 2021.
Strelka Institute, 2020, Material Fictions
Columbia GSAPP Graphics Project, 2020, Book as Material Object
Yale School of Art (with Sheila Levrant de Bretteville), 2020.
Rutgers, 2020.
Parsons, 2020.
CCA, 2020.
Princeton University, 2019.
Southland Institute at ArtCenter HMCT, 2019.
USC Roski School / April Greiman, 2019.
MICA, 2019–2024.
Yale School of Art at New Museum, 2019.
SUNY Purchase, 2019.
Yale School of Art, 2019.
Typography Summer School Symposium at Pratt Institute, 2019.
Werkplaats Typografie at New Museum, 2018.
GAP, Inc., 2018.
Pratt Institute, 2018.
Cooper Union School of Architecture, 2017.


MICA Graphic Design MFA Workshop, 2024.
MICA Graphic Design MFA Workshop, 2023.
MICA Graphic Design MFA Workshop, 2022.
Interview, Otis College of Art and Design, 2021.
more*, Southland Institute, 2020.
Columbia GSAPP Graphics Project, 2018–2020.
MICA Graphic Design MFA Workshop, 2020.
MICA Graphic Design MFA Workshop, 2019.
HYPERTEXT, Pratt Institute, 2019.

invited critic

Yale School of Architecture, Sci-Arc, Rutgers, Princeton, Columbia GSAPP Graphics Project, Yale School of Art, Pratt Institute, Parsons, Pratt School of Architecture, Cooper Union.


Slow Technology Reader, 2024.
TDC Tokyo, 2023.
Slanted, #42, 2023.
AIGA Dialectic, “Cyberfeminism Index,” 2023.
The Serving Library, “Multidimensional Citation,” 2023.
TDC69, 2023.
Sourcetype, “Shifting Symbols: The Gender Star,” 2022.
IDEA #391, “Alternative Reality,” 2020.
TDC66, 2020.
TDC Tokyo, 2020.
Communication Arts Design Annual, #61, 2020.
Occasional Papers, “One and many mirrors: perspectives on graphic design education,” 2020.
Computers Arts Magazine, “Game Changers in Graphic Design,” 2019.


Yale Art Gallery
Southland Institute Library
New Museum Archive
Werkplaats Typografie Library
Harvard Library
Graphic Design Collection of the Moravian Gallery
New York Public Library
Yale University Library Haas Special Collections
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Permanent Collection
Cornell University Fine Arts Collection