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VCD Alumni Awards

John Brett Buchanan and j.Charles Walker Walker-Buchanan Alumni Awards

The Walker-Buchanan Alumni Awards recognize the careers and exceptional achievements of alumni who have made an indelible impact in the field of design.

Created in 2015, the three awards are named in honor of industry legends j.Charles Walker, School of Visual Communication Design founder, and John Brett Buchanan, first creative director of Glyphix.


The Walker-Buchanan Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the School of Visual Communication Design. It honors those associated with the School who are nationally and/or internationally recognized for their preeminent contributions to their profession.

The Walker-Buchanan Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates alumni who have made a significate contribution to the field of visual design for more than fifteen years after graduation. 

The Walker-Buchanan Outstanding Young Professional award honors alumni who have demonstrated continued success in their field for more than five years after graduation.

2016 Recipients



Walker-Buchanan Lifetime Achievement Award: Lewis Williams

Walker-Buchanan Distinguished Alumni Award: Mikey Burton

Walker-Buchanan Distinguished Alumni Award: Peni Acayo

2017 Recipients

Walker-Buchanan Lifetime Achievement Award: Steven Saylor

Walker-Buchanan Distinguished Alumni Award: Gregg Brokaw

Walker-Buchanan Distinguished Alumni Award: Aimee Crane