Originally from the Philippines, Lucille came to the United States in 1979 and studied at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco and Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she received her MFA in Design. She established Tenazas Design in San Francisco in 1985, working on identity systems and print materials for cultural and non-profit organizations. Her work has been exhibited in museums including a solo exhibition at SF MoMA. Lucille has been a design educator for the last twenty years and was the founding chair of the MFA design programme at CCA. She has given lectures and conducted workshops all over the United States and throughout the world – in France, New Zealand, London, Seoul, Beijing, Sydney, Stockholm and Istanbul. She was the national president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1996 to 1998 and was the recipient of the National Design Award in Communications Design sponsored by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for 2002.