Amir Berbić’s work explores place identity, three-dimensional typography and design pedagogy. He is a frequent collaborator with cultural organizations, arts institutions and publishers. Amir is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He served as Acting Director of the UIC School of Design and is currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the UIC College of Architecture, Design and the Arts. 

Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Amir immigrated to Chicago in the 1990s, where he completed his design education and began a career in editorial design and independent publishing. He holds a BFA in graphic design from UIC and an MFA in visual communication from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Prior to joining UIC in 2014, Amir taught design at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates; while in this role, he examined branding campaigns for Dubai’s architectural developments. 

Amir’s work, writing, and teaching output have been featured in numerous academic and professional publications, conferences, and exhibitions including Design Issues, Visual Communication, Print, Wallpaper, ICOGRADA World Design Congress, AIGA Design Educators Conference, TypeCon, and Salone del Mobile in Milan. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Amir is currently on the AIGA Chicago Board of Directors, serving as Vice President of Education.