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Speaker Reveal #2: Edson G. Cabalfin, Ph.D

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 second speaker for this Roundtable Event: Edson G. Cabalfin, Ph.D.

Edson G. Cabalfin, Ph.D., is an educator, architect, designer, curator, and historian. He is the newly appointed Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the School of Architecture at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA), where he concurrently serves as Director of the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program and Professor of Practice in Design Thinking. He was the Curator of the Philippine Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. He received his Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in 2012. Under a Fulbright Fellowship, he obtained his Master of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) in 2003.

Before his appointment at Tulane University, Edson was a tenured Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture and Interior Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati where he taught from 2009 until 2020. Edson’s research in the last two decades have focused on the interdisciplinary and transnational intersections of architecture history and theory, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, Southeast Asian studies, spatial justice, public interest design, and heritage conservation.

A licensed and registered architect in the Philippines, Edson also runs his design consultancy Talyer Kayumanggi/Brown Workshop, based in New Orleans and Manila, with projects in architecture, interior design, set design, costume design, fashion design, exhibition design, graphic design, and design strategy in North America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in the last 25 years. You can find more information about his professional work by visiting

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