Teaching

The Nuqta exhibition featured work produced in my collaborative course “CoLab: Future Realities + Design Activism” co-taught with the always inspiring, Basma Hamdy with the support of our wonderful TA Faheem Khan.  In the exhibition, students reinterpret the past and present...

Whirling Hybrids: A Dichotomy Of Belonging by Rabeya Khatoon First Advisor Diane C Derr Second Advisor Denielle J Emans Third Advisor Levi Hammett Fourth Advisor Dr. Sean Roberts Abstract Migration is a phenomenon wherein individuals relocate from one country to another, albeit temporarily or permanently, for numerous reasons. The State...

This semester-long journey emphasizes creative independence, agency, and self-initiated making that is oriented toward design practice in the greater contexts of design, industry, culture, and the world. As part of this process, students bring together their knowledge, skills, and experiences to...

Future design practices will be situated in an unpredictable world—technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. The designer’s crucial task is thinking about what our future will look like and how we will interact with it. This project challenges students to reinterpret...

Illustrated stories are fast becoming a popular form of culture in the GCC Region and rich locally-sourced stories can make a valuable social and cultural contribution. Although Bloombury Qatar Foundation has produced a series of Arabic books that are a...

This project serves as a starting point towards finding connections between design and community engagement while helping develop students' confidence in their abilities as a researcher. As a community-researcher, students learn about the lives, experiences, opinions, and ideas of people...

As a visual form of language, typography has cultural and social meaning embedded in its use. Typography can emphasize information, provide personal connections to an observer, and create deep emotional resonance. As such, this project explores how design can be...

Gender Beyond Binary by Sidra Zubairi First Advisor Diane C Derr Second Advisor Basma Hamdy Third Advisor Denielle Emans Fourth Advisor Rab McClure Abstract Transgender individuals challenge the binary definition of gender accepted in Pakistani society and as a result, Pakistan’s transgender community is highly marginalized. Pakistani society regards transgender...

For this Imaging II project, students created two binary posters to reflect two opposing emotions (ie. confidence vs fear), time-periods (ie. past vs present), selves (ie. how you see yourself vs how others see you), or even melodies. The goal was to...