St. Louis is making a case for itself as one of America’s formative design centers, thanks in no small part to Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc. (KLI) and its talented founder and principal, Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt.
Born and raised in the Gateway City, Kuhlmann-Leavitt attended Washington University in St. Louis before heading to Los Angeles to study at Art Center College of Design. An internship under Doug Oliver and Emmett Morava at Morava + Oliver Design Office led to full time employment lasting nearly a decade. Then, in 1995, Deanna returned to St. Louis to open the Midwestern studio of Douglas Oliver Design Office. In 2001, following an amicable split with her long-time mentor, she founded Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.
Known for exacting and high-quality print work, KLI has recently garnered international attention for their exhibit and graphic programs. Serving a wide range of clients via print, new-media and the built environment, Kuhlmann-Leavitt’s work has been honored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Institute of Architects, the Society of Environmental Graphic Design, Communication Arts, Graphis, the Mead Annual Report Show and Art Directors Clubs from New York to Los Angeles.