2020 Recipients


​Concetta Bondi

​Concetta Bondi

Arizona State University, United States

Concetta Bondi is a Spanish instructor currently pursuing her PhD at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Originally from Canada, she received her master's degree in Hispanic studies from McGill University, Montreal. Her research interests include Latinx/Chicanx studies and their relation to architecture, art, and literature. Her current research explores chicanx artistic production in Phoenix and the relationship between space, place, and identity formation in the borderlands.

Prajakta Parvatikar

Prajakta Parvatikar

Rachana Sansad, India

Prajakta Parvatikar, PhD in Visual Arts; is a practicing teacher (Associate Professor) in leading design institute from Mumbai, Rachana Sansad. She post-graduated studying Visual Communication, Typography, Advertising and Design from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai. She is significantly guiding budding talent for Advertising-Design profession for two decades, exposing them to the rich Indian Cultural Heritage. Through fundamental and new teaching methods, her projects always focus on exploring extinct, obsolete, lesser known Indian Traditional Art forms. Her focus has always been on advocating rich content to current designer generation so that they develop media for the contemporary audiences.

Rim Fathallah

Rim Fathallah

University of Toronto, Canada

Rim Fathallah has over a decade of teaching experience in interior design consolidated by a BA in interior architecture and a master's in art, design, and architecture in education. Her participation in leadership positions and her initiation of yearly transnational design collaborations have informed her interest in the relational nature between culture and education. Her master’s thesis explored the cultural conundrums of a transposed interior design curriculum. Her current doctoral studies at the University of Toronto examine the relation of education on culture and, more specifically, the intersections between design education and a culture of global peace-building citizenship.

Shira Shoval

Shira Shoval

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel

Shira Shoval is a textile designer, researcher, and educator based in Tel Aviv. Her works, often multidisciplinary collaborations, explore materials and technologies through craft and have been exhibited in national and international shows. Shira teaches materials research and innovation at the Textile Design Department at Shenkar College of Engineering, Art and Design, where she completed her Bacbelor’s degree. From 2012-2018, Shira served as director of Design Museum Holon’s Materials Library, where she curated an international collection of innovative materials and gained wide knowledge in design and manufacturing processes. As director of the library, Shira deepened her passion for materials' culture and education and led professional conferences and events for design creatives, industry, and academy. Shira is currently a student in the master of design (MDes) program in industrial design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, focusing on design management and innovation.

William Nickley

William Nickley

The Ohio State University, United States

William Nickley is currently an MFA candidate (2020) in design research and development at The Ohio State University. He is currently studying how emerging technology and design can increase youth capacity to engage with social issues facing their communities in order to better understand how design can empower youth to advocate for and enact positive, lasting, social change. William is an industrial designer with a decade of experience in a variety of settings. He is a co-founding board member and active leader of a nonprofit serving disadvantaged populations in the central Ohio region, through which he operationalizes his research.

Willhemina Wahlin

Willhemina Wahlin

Charles Sturt University, Australia

Willhemina Wahlin is a lecturer in design in the School of Communications and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Willhemina’s research focuses on the role of design as an advocacy tool for human rights and social justice, in particular, the role of the designer in the creation of ‘difficult knowledge’ exhibitions. Her interest in this field evolved from her work as Creative Director for PROOF: Media for Social Justice, a New York-based non-profit organisation that utilises visual storytelling for human rights and peacebuilding. With PROOF, Willhemina has designed multiple travelling exhibitions that focus on issues such as genocide prevention, gender violence, child soldiers, systemic inequality and criminal justice. More recently, Willhemina has led a team of researchers to pilot PROOF’s Picture Justice program within the Australian regional context. Through a multidisciplinary workshop program that uses Design Thinking as its foundation, Picture Justice Australia provides participants with a range of skills in problem solving, visual storytelling and civic engagement.

Renata Dezso-Dinnyes

Renata Dezso-Dinnyes

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Hungary

Renata Dezso-Dinnyes is a doctoral research fellow in the Doctoral School at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest (MOME) and assistant lecturer at MOME. In her doctoral research, she examines the methodological approach of research through design with a reflective and philosophic dimension of critical disability studies. Her work points to the junctures where technology, bodies, and cultural theory intersect to understand the unconscious elements in post-human transformations. Since 2016, Renata has been working as a research associate at the MOME Digital Craft Lab, supervised by Akos Lipoczki DLA, head of laboratory and associate professor at MOME. Her research experience includes critical technical practice (CTP) on the use of technology and the design of technology grounded in digital craft. Her work focuses on “data physicalization” and “physical visualization” through 3D scanning/3D modelling and digital fabrication.

Diogo Ferreira Primitivo

Diogo Ferreira Primitivo

Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Diogo Ferreira Primitivo has a professional course in graphic design and communication from St. Michael of Fatima College and a degree in design from the Education School of Lisbon Polytechnic. He has collaborated on various projects, such as Amnesty International and the 2019 Arts in Society Conference. His areas of interest and study are graphic design and communication, motion design, visual design, and video. He started as a volunteer in 2016 at DesignLab4U, a professional laboratory that immerses students in real pedagogical work. Associated with that project, he received a scientific initiation scholarship in 2017 and a research fellowship in the area of design in 2018.

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Simon Lalonde

Simon Lalonde

The Ohio State University, United States

Simon Lalonde is originally from Montreal, Canada, and he graduated from the University of Montreal in 2017 with a BFA in industrial design. He is currently pursuing an MFA in design research and development at The Ohio State University, while working as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Design. His interests revolve around social design, design for experience, and participatory design. His research examines the democratic process of codesign plenary sessions, specifically in public project development. Simon is also a member of the Ohio State DESIS Lab and the University of Montreal Design et Société research group.

Adrienne Bennie

Adrienne Bennie

University of Arts London, United Kingdom

Adrienne Bennie is a doctoral candidate from Auckland, New Zealand and is pursuing her PhD at the University of Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts, United Kingdom. As a practice-based PhD candidate, her research investigates spatial design as a form on interrogative design, applied to the issue of homelessness. Her research currently examines the way space is treated in relation to the body, public space, and private space. Her research seeks to create a dialogue about how the city controls space for the homeless while challenging viewers of her installations within space to ask questions about society and how these constructed social spaces affect those experiencing them, identity, and public perception of homelessness.

Xue Bai

Xue Bai

Pratt Institute, United States

Xue Bai, MPS design management, is an experienced business consultant specializing is operationalizing and auditing strategic intent. She is a design strategist, visual communicator, and co-founder of For-Benefit Collaboration (B-Collab) which provides training to facilitate cross-sector partnerships for shared value and collective impact.

Xue combines her background in finance, user experience design, data visualization, and illustration with her MPS in design management to align strategic management and creative thinking for advantage. Xue’s research interests are focused on using collaborative processes to amplify impact across organizations and sectors. Her work has won Honorable Mention from Robert Wood Johnson.

​Madison Sabatelli

​Madison Sabatelli

The Ohio State University, United States

Madison Sabatelli is an MFA candidate in the Design Research and Development Program at The Ohio State University. Her current work is centered around the relationship between writing and design. Employing ethnographic methods, this research focuses on understanding the ways in which writing is used in the design process. Although Madison’s background is in interior design, she aims to approach her work with a multidisciplinary perspective, examining the processes of various design disciplines in a holistic manner.

Alexandra Karakas

Alexandra Karakas

Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Alexandra Karakas started to study art and design theory in 2011 at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, and after that she spent the second year of her MA studies in Dublin at the Design History Material Culture Faculty at the National College of Art and Design. Currently, she is a third year PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University. She teaches research methods at Budapest University of Technology and Economics and design theory at Milestone Institute. Her research focuses on the problem of malfunction in design and technology as well as how malfunction manifests in different areas of design.

Marie-Josée Huard

Marie-Josée Huard

The Ohio State University, United States

Marie-Josée Huard is an MFA candidate in design research and development at The Ohio State University (OSU). She is studying the potentialities of innovation to design project-based distance-education. Marie has always worked closely to education, she was a production manager in a distance-learning only University in Québec (Téluq University) and has more than 10 years of experience as a visual communicator in healthcare professional continuing education. She is currently an editorial coordinator for the French journal Sciences du Design and a graduate research associate for the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at OSU. She aims to use her user advocate experience and a designerly way of thinking to improve project-based distance-education in the context of higher-education.

​Susana Cerejeira Torres

​Susana Cerejeira Torres

Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Susana Cerejeira Torres is responsible for the communication and image office of the Escola Superior de Educação, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa. Over the past few years, her fields of study have been fine arts, museology, cultural management, graphic design, and communication design, of which the latter two are her current fields of work. Collaborating with DesignLab4U since 2016, this professional laboratory in the field of graphic design gives students the opportunity to develop real projects within the community.

​Pragya Sharma

​Pragya Sharma

Indian Institute of Art and Design, India

Pragya Sharma is a fashion designer based out of Gurgaon, India. She is currently working as a design lecturer at the Indian Institute of Art and Design, Delhi. She has been involved in academics since the past three years, prior to which she was working as a menswear designer in the industry. Pragya was initially trained as an engineer and then moved to fashion design. This interesting blend of a technical subject along with design gives her practice a very distinct touch and sensibility. Other than teaching, she manages a small enterprise with her mother called Unpurl, wherein both of them along with few other women do hand-knitting and crocheting, develop jewelry, accessories, and other winter products, as well as teach people knitting by organising collective workshops. Pragya also works on different zero waste projects, exploring not just how to reuse the existing waste being generated but also different possibilities on how she can creatively design around waste. Pragya conducts intensive hands-on workshops on zero waste garment design in which the participants explore different approaches to zero waste through folding, draping, pattern cutting, etc. Pragya is also an active researcher in the area of sustainability and its interconnected aspects of design, education, and fashion.

In Their Words

Being a Graduate Scholar was a great opportunity to learn some dynamics on how to organize and chair an International Conference. This will help in future professional works"

Fabiana Heinrich, 2016 Awardee

This experience allowed me to improve my fluencey in the english language. It also gave me confidence to talk to an unkown audience while also learning from the experienced professionals in the design world."

Camila Assis Peres Silva, 2015 Awardee