José R. Menéndez (b.08/80) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a graphic designer and educator, with a background in marine science communication and landscape architecture. He earned a BSLA in Landscape Architecture from Temple University in 2004 and practiced as a landscape architect in Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., and San Juan for a decade. He completed his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017. After graduating from RISD, he earned an MMA in Marine Affairs with a specialization in science communication from the University of Rhode Island.
José’s research is intertwined with his practice and teaching. He is currently pursuing research in the following areas of study: Latin American Graphic Design with an emphasis on Caribbean Graphic Culture, Community Design Initiatives, and Ecological Narratives in the Landscape. José is an Assistant Professor at the College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University in Boston, and has been a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is also a partner at Counterform, a Community Design and Print Studio in Providence, RI.