Architect, writer, and designer George Nelson (1908-1986, United States) was one of the founders of American modernism. Nelson brought a European sensibility to American mid-century design by employing a rigorous interpretation of modernist aesthetics throughout his writing and design projects. Nelson studied architecture at Yale University (Connecticut) and received a BFA abroad in 1931. After receiving the Rome Prize in 1932, he began working in Europe and, in the 1940s, returned to the United States to pursue his varied career, which included an extensive relationship with Herman Miller. As a furniture designer and the company's design director, he was responsible for recruiting innovators such as Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and Isamu Noguchi and commissioning Alexander Girard to create Herman Miller's first textile collection.