Anne Cecil

Director, Design & Merchandising, Westphal

Anne Cecil

Office: URBN Center, 110C
Phone: 215.895.0361


  • MA, Art Education, University of the Arts
  • BS, Design & Merchandising, Drexel University


As Director of the Design & Merchandising program at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design , Anne has taken a lead role in expanding student's opportunities for inter-disciplinary course work, the international study program and the global classroom. Her close involvement with such organizations as the Career Wardrobe, South Street Business Association and the Enterprise Center has built relationships that continue to provide community-based, "hands-on" professional opportunities for students.

With over 30 years of industry experience, Ms. Cecil has held a variety of positions with Steinbach's, Bloomingdale's, John Wanamaker's, and J.G. Hook. Her freelance design business, founded in 1987, continues to produce and sell fashion and home accessories in various media including knitwear, millinery, and paper. In addition, offers consulting services in web design, development and training, product development, and visual merchandising. A working visual artist for over 25 years, Ms. Cecil is a former resident artist and former Board Chairman at Nexus/foundation for today's art in Philadelphia.

As a professional educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience, Ms. Cecil lectures locally, nationally and internationally on a variety of topics: Visual Merchandising, Popular Culture, Online Learning and Technostress. An avid researcher, Ms. Cecil Chairs the Punk Culture Area for the Popular Culture Association where she has consistently grown area participation and is spearheading an effort to legitimize punk research in the academic arena. She is also honored to be Exhibitions Editor for the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture.

With specialties in Visual Merchandising, Branding, sustainability, computer-based courses/online learning and Social Media, Ms. Cecil offers a cross-institutional global classroom with her colleague, Anne Pierson-Smith, PhD, at City University of Hong Kong. Students from each institution learn, and collaborate via the internet.

"Design & Merchandising comprises the connection between technology, business and design - transforming product(s) from a myriad of disciplines though the economy. I enjoy sharing this process of transformation with my students as we strive to be conscious global citizens - creating, producing and selling product(s) in a sustainable manner. My passion and energy combined with an understanding of Popular Culture and a facility with Technology allows me to communicate well with them. I have a great regard for their curiosity and eagerness to learn."