Solomon, Barbara Stauffacher (1928-)

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Barbara Stauffacher Solomon is an artist, graphic designer, landscape designer and writer. Born in 1928, Solomon studied dance, painting, and sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute before moving to Basel, Switzerland to study graphic design at the Basel Art Institute in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s Barbara moved back to San Francisco where she worked for landscape architect Lawrence Halprin designing the graphics for his firm. Her first major project with Halprin was The Sea Ranch, for which she designed the iconic rams head logo and the supergraphics for the Moonraker Athletic Club and Charles Moore’s condo, and several private residences- combining California Abstract Expressionism with hard-edge Swiss Graphics. Solomon has taught at UC Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, ILAUD (Italy), CCAC in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

The Barbara Stauffacher Solomon Collection contains notes, sketches and drafts for her published works, including: UTOPIA MYOPIA, WHY? WHY NOT?, and GREEN ARCHITECTURE AND THE AGRARIAN GARDEN; as well as clippings documenting her graphic design and writing career.