AICCE & Frank H. Mahnke

AICCE Lectures

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Frank H. Mahnke, President of the IACC, Director of the AICCE, and founder and lecturer of the IACC seminars in the United States. He died September 27, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland, with his beloved wife, Danielle, by his side.

AICCE Directions given by Mr. Mahnke have been set in motion. New Lecturers will continue the seminars and continue Mr. Mahke’s focus on understanding the effects of color. Particular, accredited members of the IACCNA will take his place to continue the seminars.

The seminars required for membership in the IACC-NA originate with the international organization—the IACC. In the USA the administrative organizer for the seminars is the American Information Center for Color and Environment (AICCE).

About Frank Mahnke

Frank H. Mahnke dedicated his life to the study of color and how it can be used to create beneficial and healthy surroundings for human beings in the places they live, work, and heal from illness. He was first a partner of Mahnke & Mahnke Environmental Design, which in 1988 was renamed the American Information Center for Color and Environment.

Since 1977, Mr. Mahnke worked as an environmental designer and color consultant on architectural projects for federal and state governments and in the private sector. He served often as an analyst for architectural environmental conditions regarding psycho-physiological, neuro-psychological, psychosomatic, and visual ergonomic factors in built environments. His work emphasized the importance of environmental conditions for medical and psychiatric health-care facilities, offices, industrial and manufacturing environments, educational facilities, and correctional facilities.

Mr. Mahnke was president of the IACC International Association of Colour Consultant/Designers since 1988 and directed the IACC Education/Accreditation Programs conducted worldwide. In this capacity Mr. Mahnke was a permanent lecturer for the IACC on the psycho-physiological effects of color and light, and the human reaction to the built environment. In addition to his lectures on applied and psychodiagnostic color psychology, he lectured on the role of color as information and communication in the field of marketing.


IACC Academy: Salzburg Seminars for Color and Environment, since 1990
IACC Academy Branch USA: Seminars for Color and Environment in San Diego, USA, since 1991
IACC Seminars, IACC School for Color and Design, Nagoya-City and Fukuoka Branch, Japan, 2000-2008
Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, Faculty for Architecture, Masters in Color in Architecture Program, since 2003
IACC Italy Seminars in cooperation with POLITECNICO DI MILANO, Milan, Italy, since 2011


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Color Environment & Human Response. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. New York 1996. Now published and distributed by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York Mensch,
Farbe, Raum (Humans, Color, Space). Co-Author. Verlagsanstalt Alexander Koch, Germany 1998
Il colore nella progettazione (Color in Planning). UTET Torino, Italy 1998
Color: Communication in Architectural Space. Co-Author. Birkhäuser Publisher Basel, Boston, Berlin. 2007, published in English and German. Published in Chinese in 2008 by China Architecture and Building Press publishers.