Jan Lorenc is a Polish-American designer and author. Born in Jaśliska, Poland in 1954, he immigrated to the United States at the age of 8. He formed Lorenc Design in 1978 in Chicago, and later moved it to Atlanta in 1981. He renamed the firm Lorenc+Yoo Design with partner Chung Youl Yoo in 1998.
Lorenc is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT; 1977, 1979) with a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Design and Visual Communication, respectively, as well as a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech; 1994) with a M.S. in Architecture.
Lorenc has been the recipient of many awards and honorary positions in his field including one of the "Monuments to the Profession of Environmental Graphic Design" by the SEGD (1998), First Place in the ICSC awards, a seat on the GA Tech ID Advisory Board in the School of Architecture, and many featured speaking positions for such groups as the AIA and Auburn University. He has also sat on many design competition juries, both domestically and internationally. Lorenc has coauthored a book entitled "What is Exhibition Design" used in many universities and translated into Polish, Russian, Chinese, and Korean.
Lorenc has three children with Barbara Lorenc: Richard, Julia and Paul Lorenc. Lorenc resides in Roswell, Georgia with his wife Ilene L. Cooper, LCSW a licensed clinical social worker specializing in counseling adults and marital/relationship counseling.
Lorenc's firm, Lorenc+Yoo Design, specializes in industrial design, exhibition design architectural design, furniture design, interior design, and environmental graphics. The firm identifies its work as "environmental communication design," a body of work that includes museums and visitors centers, trade show exhibits, theme park design, signage, retail spaces, and furniture for organizations including Mayo Clinic, Coca-Cola, North Carolina State University, Georgia-Pacific, Haworth Furniture Company, General Motors, Bank of America, General Mills and Sony-Ericsson. This array of work is typically coordinated with a project team including project managers, writers, architects, interior designers, landscape architects, graphic design firms, marketing professionals and others that are searching for a "holistic, integrated message."
Lorenc+Yoo Design is located in the historic Mill Village in Roswell, Georgia and has collaborative associations with Journey Communications Inc. of Philadelphia where they handle their trade show exhibits, and with Box&Cox of Seoul, Korea with whom they handle their Asian opportunities and are currently working in Korea and Japan. The company is also collaborating with the firm HQ Creative in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Lorenc+Yoo Design has work in many markets across the US and in Asia.
In 2007, Lorenc coauthored a textbook on the practice of exhibition design entitled, "What Is Exhibition Design?" coauthored with designers Lee Skolnick and Craig Berger, the book was published by Rotovision, UK. It is currently in its third English printing and has been printed in Chinese, Korean, Polish and Russian.
Lorenc has served as a lecturer at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. He has also taught as an adjunct lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Architecture.
Lorenc lectures throughout the world on the topics of environmental graphic design, exhibition design, and wayfinding/signage. Within the United States, he has lectured at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University, University of Georgia, North Carolina State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Portfolio Center and Art Institute of Atlanta.
Internationally, Lorenc has lectured mostly in Eastern Asia. He has lectured at Tongji University (Shanghai, China), Hong Ik University (Seoul, Korea), Sunmoon University (Asan, Korea) Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), SADI – Samsung Art and Design Institute (Seoul, Korea), EWHA Women’s University (Seoul, Korea), and KODFA – Korean Design Firms Association (Seoul, Korea).
Lorenc and his firm's work have been published in several American and international publications, including Exhibitor Magazine, I.D. Magazine, Archi Volta Quarterly (Poland), VM+SD, Space (Korea) and Interiors and Sources.