Ruth Super

Submitted by anoopa on Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:33
Ruth Super

Ruth Super is a versatile designer with over 20 years graphic, interior and architectural design experience.  

Having graduated from a Graphic Design degree in the UK focusing on advertising and visual communication Ruth’s first job in the US was for The Coffee Connection as their Graphic Design and Visual Communications Coordinator. During Coffee Connection’s rapid expansion she became responsible not only for the Graphics but began to be involved in prototyping and the interior design of the new stores. In 1994 after Starbucks bought out the Coffee Connection Ms. Super started SuperGraphics! and started to transition from 2D to 3D design. This lead to her to a Masters program in Interior Design and then she switched to Architecture at the Boston College of Architecture. Ruth graduated with a commendation from the BAC in 2008.  

During the concurrent BAC program she gained both her Interiors and Architectural training at The Interiors Group, ADD Inc., Levi and Wong, Nashawtuc Architects Inc. and Bruner Cott Associates covering a wide range of built environments from hospitals, police and fire stations, schools to corporate offices.  

In 2009 Ruth attended an Institute for Human Centered Design presentation and immediately felt she had to become involved in Inclusive Design. Ruth worked at the Institute for Human Centered for Design as an Interiors, Wayfinding and Exhibit Accessibility and Inclusive Design Consultant on national and international projects such as university campuses, museums, schools, hospital and corporate offices. Highlights being the 911 Museum NY, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Blue Cross Blue Shield Corporate Offices, Massachusetts School of Art and Design, Harvard Medical School, and an Emergency Shelters Assessment Project for the Mayors Office of Emergency Management. She also used her skills to help to develop the ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities, Massachusetts Wayfinding Standards for DCAMM, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council's UP Program. Ruth was the lead designer on an innovative new construction house for a person with ALS. Ruth has presented on Inclusive Design and Wayfinding at conferences and courses in Boston.  

Ruth Super currently has her own design office concentrating on inclusive design and consults for IHCD on Cultural and Higher Ed projects. Ruth was a co-chair and on the jury for the Women in Design Awards of Excellence for the Boston Society of Architects from 2009-2017. Ruth is a guest lecturer and co-taught a Human Factors and Universal Design course at New England School of Art and Design.