Like many academics this year, the Summer of COVID-19 has been one for the history books. Each of us has been challenged personally and professionally in ways we never expected. We are at a crossroads of many, forging ahead and yet...

Epic exhibition opening today for "Nuqta: end of the line" at VCUarts Qatar! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and joined us—including alumnae, faculty, staff, students, and Diane von Furstenberg!  The exhibition features work produced in my collaborative course “CoLab: Future Realities...

I am excited to announce that the book I have been working on with Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt is available for pre-order! "Intercultural Collaboration by Design" introduces a framework for collaborating across cultures and features charming illustrations by illustrator Tammi Heneveld. This...

It has been an immensely rewarding semester co-teaching the 2019 edition of "Senior Studio" with Associate Professor, Basma Hamdy! Our students worked on a wide range of topics for their thesis projects, ranging from space exploration and mental health, to...

I am so grateful to this incredible group of people for dedicating their time and creative energy to the workshop series “Reimagining Health & Safety Communication for Multilingual Workers in Qatar.” What an honor it has been to work together...

Throughout Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 academic year, I was honored to serve as a member of the "Tasmeem in the Classroom" sub-committee at VCUarts Qatar with Wajiha Pervez, Maryam Y Al-Homaid, and Mahmoud Abbas. This initiative aimed to engage...

I am genuinely sad to see Tasmeem 2019 come to a close! It has been a fantastic three-days of inspiring speakers, engaging workshops, and fun activities—led by four incredible women, who also happen to be VCUarts Qatar alumnae! They did an...

Over the past 6 years, I have worked with my research partner, Kelly Murdoch-Kitt, to develop a series of methods for facilitating intercultural design collaborations. These methods have emerged through a lively series of collaborative exchanges between our two design...

A final look at the “Shifting Spaces & Forgotten Walls” exhibition that was recently held at Art 29 at the W Doha Hotel & Residences. Through a series of photographs and videos, the exhibition provided a closer look at the...

I recently organized a five-day field study to Abu Dhabi to help students learn about community outreach from a professional and regional standpoint. The trip was SO MUCH FUN! It was co-chaperoned with Maryam Al-Homaid and involved attending the Riwak...

Three: An Exhibition of Junior Graphic Design Students Three is an exhibition based on three components of design: condition, action, and affect. It was produced by students in their third year of the Graphic Design program and taught by three faculty:...

This October, four outstanding Graphic Design students accompanied me on a field study to Minneapolis (Minnesota) to participate in the “AASHE 2015 Conference and Expo: Transforming Sustainability Education.” ASSHE is dedicated to creating a diverse community that is engaged in sharing...

Our Imaging 2 class recently went on a field-trip to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) to view the Marvelous Creatures Exhibition (March 4 - July 31). The exhibition was a perfect introduction to the storytelling behind character design and...

An important component of the 2014-2015 academic year was the Tasmeem Doha biennial international conference (held from March 8-12). The 2015 edition focused on the theme of "playfulness" as expressed by the Arabizi word 3ajeeb! (ahh-jhee-b) meaning "strange in a strange...

In February 2015, sixteen graphic design students participated in a field study to South Korea for nine days, which encompassed an investigation of design and culture in various important locations. This enriching experience, which mostly took place in Seoul, was...

We discovered another side of Qatar this February as we toured the sprawling estate of the Al Naimi Farm during our in-country field study. As part of the trip, we witnessed first-hand the different stages of plant growth, from the vegetative phase...

The Senior graphic design students certainly delivered a fabulous location for the Department’s biannual in-country field study. Serving as the primary organizers of the trip, the students led the Department in a Bedouin-style adventure to discover Qatari culture through food,...

This was an exciting month for our "Design for Social Change" course. Not only did we have the opportunity to share the topics we have been exploring in a formal exhibition, but the resulting children's e-books received rave reviews from...