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Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award

I am humbled to have received the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching award from VCUarts Qatar this past week! The recognition was not only an incredible surprise, but an opportunity to share the stage with a group of faculty who continue to inspire me with their talent, energy, and brilliance. VCUarts…

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DRS2018 in Limerick, Ireland

I had the distinct opportunity to participate in the PhD by Design event this June, a one-day event held prior to the DRS 2018 (Design Research Society) Conference in Limerick, Ireland (June 25-28, 2018). This event was established as a vehicle to vocalize, discuss, and work through some of the many…

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MAKE: 2018 AIGA Design Educators Conference

It was a privilege to take part in the MAKE: AIGA Design Educators Conference at Herron School of Art + Design in beautiful Indianapolis this week (June 7-9, 2018). The conference was an opportunity for design educators, researchers, and practitioners to come together to establish a space to explore the…

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Vested Summit 2018

Wow! I had an amazing time in Guana (Egypt) over the past four days serving as a mentor, workshop leader, and speaker at Vested Summit (May 9-12, 2018)! It was an honor to get to know the conscious tech community—a diverse group of startups, investors, designers, and developers working together to make conscious…

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CAA Conversations Podcast

Last week my research partner, Kelly Murdoch-Kitt, and I were featured in a podcast produced by the College Art Association! The weekly College Arts Association Conversations Podcast explores arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field. Episode 29 of the series…

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AIGA Design Conference 2017 in Minneapolis

The annual AIGA (the professional association for design) design conference has consistently provided an opportunity for the design community to make connections through inspiring presentations, networking events, and educational sessions. The 2017 conference title “connect” went on to reflect the importance of fostering meaningful connections with other designers and across design work….

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AMI Retreat 2017

During the Eid al-Adha break, I had the opportunity to visit Limassol for the three-day Advanced Media Institute Conference (AMIRetreat 2017). It was both an opportunity to engage in dynamic conversations about “Journalism, Society and Politics in the Digital Media Era,” but also to enjoy some rest and relaxation in…

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Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium

Just a few short days after our commencement ceremonies at VCUArts Qatar, I jumped on a plane headed to Michigan to participate in the “Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium.” The conference was held at the University of Michigan (U of M) in cooperation with the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme…

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Riwaq Al Fikr with Jessica Walsh

This March, I was humbled by the invitation to participate in the Riwaq Al Fikr event on the topic of “Design for Social Change” with keynote guest speaker, Jessica Walsh, partner at Sagmeister & Walsh. Sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and Zayed University, this panel…

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Sustainable Futures

I believe there is an obligation to harness and utilize design as a tool for positive social and environmental change. As such, my research with Kelly Murdoch–Kitt explores the benefit of introducing sustainability practices into the design classroom, while tackling the complexity of intercultural collaboration. The goal is to enhance awareness of the chosen topic by comparing and contrasting local and global needs through the exchange of ideas and discussion.

Community Engagement

My experience team-teaching with Basma Hamdy, along with our shared interest in the transformative power of design, has led to research aimed at balancing collaborative practice with community engagement in order to serve the cultural context of the MENA region. Together, we have developed curriculum to engage students in community-based projects, along with tools to facilitate effective team-building based on design competencies such as the Design Powers System.

Impact Matters

By advancing social science methodologies for the discipline of design, my research with urban planner and architect, Adina Hempel, takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how impact assessment strategies can improve social design practice. In particular, our study argues for a critical engagement with evaluation principles to enhance the overall effectiveness, and quality, of design interventions.

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