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Speaker Reveal #1: Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Ph.D

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

Mindful of the economic and diverse cultural impacts, industry professionals are constantly striving to create design solutions to advocate for social and environmental sustainability through building equity in design. Join us for a structured panel discussion as we navigate the future together, hosted by our IIDA Ohio/Kentucky Chapter.

Announcing our first speaker for this Roundtable Event: Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Ph.D.

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Ph.D. is Northrop Professor of Interior Design at the University of Minnesota. A refugee from Cyprus, she focuses her scholarship on exploring the intersections of design, culture, and identity under conditions of displacement. Her book “The making of a refugee – Children adopting refugee identity in Cyprus” (Praeger, 2002), sheds light on how housing conditions can exacerbate the physical, mental, economic, social, and cultural costs associated with displacement, which carry forward for generations. Hadjiyanni's latest book "The right to home - Exploring how space, culture, and identity intersect with disparities" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) features stories of Hmong, Somalis, Mexicans, Ojibwe, and African Americans in Minnesota to explore how elements of interiors support or suppress meaning-making processes, delineating the production of disparities. As founder of Culturally Enriched Communities, Hadjiyanni advocates for built environments that eliminate disparities and create communities in which everyone can thrive. Hadjiyanni’s award-winning teaching pedagogies have been used to decolonize design education and nurture global citizens.

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