For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2017 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Pouline Chai Lin, Koh is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Arts at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her research interests include visual communication and information design by merging the multidisciplinary studies of wellness and society with the application of design. Recently she has been awarded a national grant by the Ministry of Higher Education to develop a design guide for Malaysian nutritional label to help consumers make better informed choices. She is grateful to present some of her graduate works at this year's Design Principles & Practices Conference.
Matteo Zallio completed with honours his Master Degree in Architecture at the Department of Sciences for Architecture of Genova (Italy) in 2011. In 2015 he was awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Design with excellent evaluation, from the Polytechnic School of Genova (Italy) and the Loughborough Design School (United Kingdom).
During his Ph.D. he worked as a freelance architect and Interaction Design consultant for companies and private clients and had been an assistant lecturer in the Interaction Design Lab at the Polytechnic School of Genova. He has developed a patent for a Personal Robot for housing assistance and monitoring system in collaboration with Istituto Superiore Sant’Anna - Pisa & MetraLabs GmbH Neue Technologien Germany.
He has been awarded with the first prize for the Best Innovative Research idea, during the Fifth Italian Conference on Ambient Assisted Living – ForItAAL (2014), with the first prize for the National Italian Award “ETIC” from AICA (Italian Association for Computer and Automatic Calculation) and Rotary International (2016) – amount of 2000 € and recently with the National HISI (Health Informatics Society of Ireland) Bursary Award of Ireland (2016) – amount of 1500 €.
He is currently a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute, part of the tPOT research group and a freelance correspondent for the Italian on-line magazine “Osservatorio Senior”.
He is currently working on Interaction Design in relation to Smart Houses and Assistive Technologies within indoor and outdoor environmental context.
Michael Adaji is a PhD student at the Kent School of Architecture, UK. His research is investigating the different applications of passive cooling strategies and load reduction that can help to improve the thermal environmental conditions of low-income residential buildings in Abuja, Nigeria. There is little or no research into the alternative passive strategies of improving thermal comfort conditions in residential building in this region. Energy bills are gradually increasing due to the reliance on air-conditioning to provide indoor comfort and the heavy dependence on generators to provide electric power in the context of frequent grid power cuts. This both increases greenhouse gas emissions and maintenance costs for the occupants. This research hopes to create a benchmark for sustainable designs and construction in tropical climates like Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.
Dany Naierman (b. Caracas 1982) is a student in the Master’s Program in Aesthetics and Politics at the California Institute of the Arts. His research investigates the formation of identities as a function of technology and architecture. He is part of a musical performance duo and is a native Spanish speaker. Dany likes to prepare food, hike in the wild, and swim in the ocean.
Kate Wilkes has a B.A. of Human Geography with minors in Urban Studies and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.
Kate is a born and bred Torontonian, but this hasn't stopped her form constantly seeking new ways of connecting with her home city. Whether she is creating 'walk portraits' as a way of illuminating the pedestrian experience or facilitating workshops on how to best update an aging park, she has focused on tapping into the latent knowledge and potential of the communities around her.
In addition to holding a degree in Visual Studies and Human Geography, Kate has worked on and off as a barista; she makes a mean cappuccino.
Nazanin Homayounfar has a B.A. in Arts, Philosophy, Political Science and French as a Second Language from the University of Toronto.
For Nazanin the life of the city has always been a source of curiosity and inspiration, which has shaped her personal identity. Growing up in Tehran and Toronto, Nazanin experienced a childhood of discoveries, living within an environment marked by eastern traditions and influenced by western thoughts. Nazanin loves to travel and has explored diverse places, discovering the unique architectural and experiential qualities of the built environment, and its reflection on the way people live, interact and connect with one another.
While completing her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto in Philosophy and Political Science, Nazanin became interested in local and global development, and the improvement of the human condition. During her studies, she began to critically analyze the theoretical and practical questions of human existence, and joined various student organizations dealing with human rights and political issues. In her spare time, Nazanin enjoys cooking, travelling, getting to know people from all backgrounds, and reading philosophical and political texts
Devika is a development studies graduate from University of Sussex, Brighton. After finishing her schooling she travelled the Himalayan region to understand grassroots development projects. She has worked on various water management projects and public partnerships as well as water supply, and treatment with municipal governments of Indore and Gurgaon. She was part of a team to set up the first floating islands in India to be powered by solar electricity using anaerobic filtration and made of waste material. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Design Strategy at the Institute without Boundaries in Toronto.
Georgia Mackenzie-MacPherson (Mac-Mac), holds a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver (2015), and is currently, a post graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Design Strategies program at the Institute Without Boundaries in Toronto. Georgia founded MAC / MAC in 2015 as a collaborative design project that connects people within the art and design communities in both individual projects and collaborative team-based works valuing processes of dialogue and critical social design. Born in Vancouver, Georgia has also studied in Australia and the Netherlands. From 2013-15 she was back and forth to Zambia initiating a co-design process at The Robert Shitima Project, a school and children’s home in Kabwe, Zambia, where she focused on the development and sustainability of a student-led art program and space. Before relocating to Toronto, she was the Program Coordinator at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, BC (2016), where she co-designed the inaugural outline of workshops and community engagement programs for this new museum of indigenous and non-indigenous art of British Columbia.
Ishani is a student of Design Management Program at the George Brown College, School of Design. With an undergraduate degree in Fashion Communication from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India, she has a background in set and installation design for large ambient events, theater and fashion. Ishani has collaborated with Mr. Sumant Jayakrishnan, a contemporary Indian set designer, on diverse projects such as big Indian weddings, The India Art Fair, the music festival- NH7 weekender, India fashion and couture weeks. Ishani’s goal is to work as a professional Design Manager within the creative industry in Toronto.
Augusto Mari combines a strong business management background and a competitive design advantage by integrating design strategy as a systematic, innovative, and critical part of a company’s growth.
He was awarded Best Student and Dean’s List at the Year End Show 2016, from the Design Management Post-Graduate Program at George Brown College, School of Design. He holds a diploma in Graphic Design, with specialization in Brand Management, from Gestalt University. Similarly, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Juarez, and was Awarded President’s Honour List Business Administration Advanced Diploma from Seneca College. Augusto’s future aspiration is to gain new professional experiences in the roles of Art Director and Design Strategist before heading to Germany to obtain a Master’s Degree in the field of Human Interaction and Design.
Augusto can be found on his days off at a coffee shop having a cappuccino, learning about disruptive technologies, entrepreneurship, and working on a passion project.
I really appreciated talking with and listening to mature scholars who have had diverse and interdisciplinary careers. It gave me ideas on how my career could take shape, and widened my perspective on options and paths in the future.
I really apreciate having the possibility to chat with and hear all these wonderful people. This is not a vertical dynamic, we all were treated the same and that made possible for us students to talk with amazing academics and to have their comments on our work.
This conference experience will aid me in my future because it reminded me of the importance of learning from colleagues and building upon our strengths. I feel more confident that I can communicate effectively with fellow scholars from around the world.