On March 16, Pratt Institute will recognize six notable alumni at a March awards luncheon at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The Alumni Achievement Award honorees include industrial and interior designer Harry Allen; New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver; Calvin Klein chief marketing officer Melisa Goldie; Coach archivist Jed Winokur; special effects makeup artist Katie Middleton; and transportation and automotive designer Carl L. Olsen. The awards, which are for alumni whose work is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally in their respective fields, are granted by a panel that primarily includes past honorees.
This year’s honorees for the 2016 Pratt Alumni Achievement Awards:
Mitchell J. Silver (B.Arch. ’87) is an internationally recognized award-winning planner with almost 30 years of experience, specializing in comprehensive planning, placemaking, and implementation strategies. Silver has been the commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation since May 2014.
Melisa Goldie (B.F.A. Photography ’91) is the chief marketing officer of Calvin Klein, and oversees all global consumer-facing marketing initiatives. Hired by the company’s founder, Goldie has successfully led the brand into the digital age.
Harry Allen (M.I.D. ’94) is the founder of Harry Allen Design, which works across the industrial design spectrum, from one-off projects to mass-produced design. The firm’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.
Jed Winokur (M.S.L.I.S. ’07) is a senior archive manager at Coach and oversees an archive of 25,000 items that comprise the product, materials, and ephemera collections that inspire the company’s designers.
Katie Middleton (B.F.A. Painting ’07) is a special effects makeup artist for television and film. Her current projects include the PBS medical drama Mercy Street, and AMC’s Revolutionary War series, TURN: Washington’s Spies.
Carl L. Olsen (B.I.D. ’57) is an internationally known industrial and automotive designer, and has worked for companies including Ogle Design Ltd. and Citroën. Today, Olsen is recognized as one of the most important automotive designers in the world.