Ph.D. in textiles and clothing, with a minor in sociology, at Texas Woman’s UniversityB.S. in textiles and clothing at the University of Texas at Austin
Her current research focuses on themes of place and space, with particular interest in neglected sites of fashion interest such as small cities and towns and rural areas and their interplay with intersecting identities regarding gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, social class, and national identity.
Ph.D. Architecture and Human Factors Engineering, University of MichiganM.F.A. Industrial Design University of Illinois, Champaign UrbanaM. Arch. University of Illinois, Champaign UrbanaB.S. Faculty of Engineering, Carleton University
Ph.D. Computer Science, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, BrazilM.A. Computer Science, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, BrazilB.A. Computer Science, National Univeristy of San Marcos, Peru
All Design Department staff are listed here, along with administrative staff located in Cruess hall. Advisers are listed separately. For a complete listing of The Arts Administrative Group staff, please see our Staff Directory.
Office Hours: 7:30-4:00 M-F Advising: 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 M-F
Ariel Collatz is an academic advisor and program manager for the Arts Group Advising Center. She holds a B.A. degree in History from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Career Development from Sacramento State University. She has worked as an undergraduate advisor at UC Davis for over 10 years. Her passion is helping students create a rewarding undergraduate experience.
Office Hours: 8:00-5:00 M-FAdvising Hours: 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
Julie McGilvray, academic advisor for the Arts Group Advising Center, received a M.S. degree in Career Counseling from California State University, Sacramento. Julie was an intern during the 2014-2015 year at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center, facilitating workshops and providing career advising to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars seeking careers beyond academia. Her previous work experience includes over 12 years of experience in the career transition services, and providing career advising to diverse population of adults in career transition from many different career paths. Previously, she has worked for outplacement organizations in the SF Bay Area and Sacramento, and a Sacramento non-profit supporting homeless women and children become self-sustainable. Julie has a passion for assisting individuals to achieve educational and career goals.
Office Hours: 8:00-5:00 M-FAdvising: 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
Barbara Olivier is one of the undergraduate program coordinators and academic advisor in the Arts Group Advising Center. Her previous work experience has been extensive in the public and private sector with a vast range of administrative and clerical duties and responsibilities, which has led her to UC Davis. She has held various positions within the University, beginning as a senior secretary in the temp pool and had led her to begin her career in advising in 2002. Barbara has held positions in Political Science/International Relations, as well as Languages and Literatures, before accepting a position with the Music Department. Her main focus is assisting undergraduates with their academic and future career goals.
Kathryn Shickman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Arts degree in Human Development from California State University, Los Angeles. She has worked as an undergraduate advisor and program coordinator at The Arts Group Advising Center here at UC Davis since August, 2014. She has previously worked as a study coordinator at UC Davis MIND Institute, and as an advising assistant on campus in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and at Services for International Students and Scholars. In her career prior to coming to UC Davis, she has held many roles in the fields of education and developmental psychology.
BA Art/Design Studies, San Jose State University 2017 Minor: Mexican American StudiesMFA Interactive Design, University of California, Davis 2019
Adriana Arriaga’s current research focuses on designing for vulnerable communities using interactive design. Her goal is to connect with different people to start a dialogue on social issues that affect marginalized communities. Arriaga refers to herself as a social impact designer; to her this means she designs by integrating the consideration of race, class, gender and other marginalized groups. In her previous experience, Arriaga has applied her design and artistic skills to help bring awareness to social issues in communities.
B.A. California State University, Long Beach (2014)
Since graduating with a BA in Design from California State University, Long Beach, Jennifer has worked in the design and fabrication of projection-mapped stages, props for the music and film industries, and interactive art and spaces. As Cartographer for Los Angeles-based event creation company the Do LaB, she contributed to large-scale event operations and designed art and music festival maps. Jennifer’s research now focuses on the participation of art with the urban landscape and its ability to bring communities together.
B.S. Fashion Design and Merchandising, San Francisco State University, 2006
Alicia has more than ten years of experience in the fashion industry working in an array of roles at major apparel labels. She has worked on a range of other projects such as creative community building and international fashion education for non-profits. Most recently, she was a Product Developer at Columbia Sportswear for the Mountain Hardwear label. She is interested in all things textiles, visual communication as a means of community building, and exhibition curating. She is currently exploring using pattern and textiles as a means of commentary or story telling.
B.A. Fine Art, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
Justin’s career has spanned museum exhibit installation, art handling, film/theater set fabrication, and custom design/build projects for clients ranging from retail spaces to organic farms. He was a co-founder of the Austin, Texas based artist collective Okay Mountain, a gallery/studio whose members continue to exhibit immersive multimedia installations nationwide. Justin is interested in how we experience and interact with architectural space, media, and wild places.
B.A. Design, University of California, Davis (2015)
Emily works as a design researcher and strategist at Bukwild, a digital design agency in Sacramento. Currently, she is studying the intersection of design and adventure as a way to empower women. Her design work at large focuses on community engagement which combines design techniques and social justice in order to ignite local change.
B.A. Design, University of California at Davis, 2008
Lauren operates at the intersection of design + technology, bringing together creativity and technical excellence. A true geek, Lauren has designed, built, and deployed web-based products for over 20 years. She is excited to return to Davis to learn about sensor-based technologies and interactions.
A.A. in Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (2013)B.A. in Design, University of California, Davis (2016)
Christine works as a freelance Designer/Seamstress in the Northern California Bay Area. She has worked with such companies as Cari Borja Clothesmaker, Community Homework, Ink+Ivy, as well as with private clients for cosplay design and construction orders. Her work has been featured by Marvel Comics, and seen on such sites as Vanity Fair, LA Weekly, the Daily Mail UK, and YouTube. She is interested in sustainability, and how to reduce and reuse waste from the fashion and textile industries.
B.S. in Architecture, Shiraz Azad University of Art and Architecture
Persia started her education at Shiraz Azad University of Art and Architecture where she received her B.S. in Architecture. She has always had a strong passion for arts, music and design. She continues to explore different painting techniques and combines them with cultural elements through her work. She started working as an architect on multiple residential projects upon graduation in Iran, and her journey brought her to the United States to continue her education, where she found her desired major at UC Davis.
B.S. Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1998
Rachel Max spent nine years in San Francisco working in various positions most recently as Head of Product Design for Coffee Meets Bagel, Designer for Houzz, and Senior Animator and Designer for Apple. Before San Francisco, Max lived in New York City and worked was an award-winning filmmaker, broadcast designer, and title designer. Max’s research focuses on immersive interactive design, sensor technology, physical computing, industrial design, and the implications of cognitive psychology on technology and product design.
University of Lapland, B.A. Interior and Textile Design, 2017
Jenna’s professional practice combines traditional methods with new technologies, aiming to develop innovative designs that are purposeful, visually intriguing and sustainable. Her MFA research focuses on ornamental design, its different traditions, principles and the background of ornamental design practice.
BFA, Graphic Design, Academy of Art University, 2005
George has more than ten years of experience as a professional designer. He has worked on a range of projects from print to the built environment. Most recently, he was Design Director at Embarcadero Partners, a strategy consulting firm in San Francisco, which worked at the intersection of strategy and design. He is interested in the power of design to facilitate understanding and create clarity. He is currently exploring the role of design in decision-making.
B.A. Design Studies, Arizona State University, 2016
Lanwei spent 2 years in China majoring in Industrial Design before she transferred to ASU. During her undergraduate study at ASU, she concentrated in Design Management, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Lanwei has broad range of interests. She aspires to merge fashion and technology. Her current research focuses on developing smart clothing and wearable devices for addressing healthcare and environmental issues.
B.A. Studio Art, Art History, Politics - Oberlin College, 2010
After graduating from Oberlin, Daria worked in education and design in the Bay Area, where she helped cultivate an Oakland-based tech startup, designing a SaaS product for growing nonprofits. She is interested in new and interactive media’s relationship with surveillance, power, capital, and gender, as well as its potential for collective expression and community organizing.
BA Design, University of California, Davis, 2011MFA Design, University of California, Davis, 2019
Adam Taylor’s research catalogs the history of design for American politics and places it into conversation with the design of countercultures and political protest, aiming to further understand the interwoven nature of politics and design practices. Taylor’s current exhibition and graphic design professional work continues his previous projects with arts organizations, cities, museums, non-profits, and universities.
I found my passion for fashion design six months before I completed my undergraduate studies. It started with handmade jewelry, apparel design and 3D printing. I am interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research in design, engineering, psychology and music. Building on my experience in design and my background in human relations and sociology, I strive to develop functional fashion designs by applying new technologies and design processes during my MFA study here in the Design Department at UC Davis. Recently, I’ve also started training for a triathalon.
B.F.A Jewelry/Metal Arts, California College of the Arts, 2010
Corey graduated from California College of the Arts where he studied Jewelry/Metalsmithing and small sculpture. His undergraduate work drew upon his background in music and focused on the intersection of art and musical instruments. After earning his B.F.A., he worked both locally and internationally as a violinist and producer performing music for Asian American organizations and media. His current research combines both his interests in music technology and design to explore audio systems and environments that re-frame the relationships between the composer, audience, and sonic space.
BA Design, University of California, Davis 2016 Minor: Textiles and ClothingMFA Textiles and Fashion Design, University of California, Davis 2019
Dee Dee Yang explores the phenomenon of cultural authentication of Hmong textiles in fashion, and experiments with traditional crafts as a medium for contemporary design. Her passion for Hmong folk costume and textiles stems from her ethnic identity as Hmong-American. Dee Dee also has personal experiences in making traditional clothing and textiles. After completing her B.A. in fashion design, she worked as a Design Coordinator for Old Navy’s Kids design team. Her current design work incorporates the practice of traditional hand crafts with fashion.
Iris received her B.E. in Landscape Architecture in Beijing Forestry University. Now she is studying here to explore the field of UI/UX design and wearable product design. She is also continuing her study in coding here. She is eager to explore how modern technology can be utilized by designers to improve the human-being’s life quality in the dense and crowded modern cities.(like cities in China) She loves music, painting and gardening. She always has a great passion to design, art and life.
Architect and Professor Emeritus Richard Berteaux’s interest in vernacular and environmentally responsive architecture is underscored by his professional work and his research on color in vernacular architecture.
Born and educated in Los Angeles, California, he studied Romance Languages at UCLA, and received a BA in Spanish. He attended the Sorbonne in Paris for a year in an intensive French Language and Culture program, received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley and an M.S. degree from Stanford University in Urban Design.
Artist’s Statement: After a conventional education reading history at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, I switched course, educated myself as a book designer and calligrapher, taking the last letterpress class offered at Oakland’s Laney Trade School and studying with the calligrapher Arne Wolf.
Dolph Gotelli, Professor Emeritus of Design, initiated the visual presentation program when he began his teaching career in 1970. He is also the Founder and Director emeritus of the Design Museum, where he was the curator. During his tenure he designed scores of innovative exhibitions for the Northern California community including shopping bags, American souvenirs, Halloween collectibles, international folk toys, masks, Santa Claus and edible art. Under Gotelli’s direction, the museum has received an international reputation for cutting edge installations featuring theme exhibitions.
Professor and architect Patricia Harrison focuses her research on the design of housing and other service facilities for low-income families in non-urban communities. To accomplish her research she collaborates with nonprofit housing and community groups to develop affordable housing projects. In this process she works with low-income families to design projects that address their cultural and lifestyle needs, while incorporating issues of energy efficiency and creative use of building materials within very restrictive budget and site constraints.
Gyöngy Laky, San Francisco sculptor, is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she was also one of the first textile artists to be commissioned by the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program. Laky’s work is in many permanent collections including the San Francisco MOMA, The Smithsonian’s Renwick Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and others. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
Chair Designate and Department Chair – Dept. of Environmental Design. Principal investigator, CAES – Agricultural Experiment Station Projects. Adviser, master adviser, and adviser re: Education Abroad (Scandinavia).
Victoria Z. Rivers is engaged in textiles research ranging from the producing and exhibiting of dyed and embellished textile artworks to researching and publishing subjects on South and Southeast Asian textiles, to curating exhibitions.
M.F.A. Textiles, Wayne State UniversityA.B. Anthropology,Stanford University
Ann Savageau has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. She has had 12 solo exhibitions and over 60 group exhibitions. National exhibition venues include The Detroit Institute of Arts; Long Beach Arts; The University of Wisconsin, Madison; The Textile Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi.International exhibitions include “K-18 Stoffwechsel”, Kassel, Germany; Editions Gallery, Perth, Australia; Third International Exhibition of Miniature Textiles, London, England.
Jo Ann Stabb is a designer, author and lecturer focusing on the field of fashion and wearable art. She served on the Design faculty of the University of California, Davis, for 34 years (1968 – 2002) teaching clothing, fashion, historic costume, ethnographic costume and contemporary wearable design. Her creative work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Austria, France, England, South Korea and Australia.
Kathryn Sylva is an associate professor of Design She earned her B.A. in Art Studio from UC Davis and an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Professor Sylva’s research includes two large visual communication projects, one on eating disorders and the other on the American eugenics movement. She also collaborates with researchers in nutrition in using visual presentation strategies to enhance the effectiveness of health and nutrition educational and research materials.
B.A. Illustration, Northern Illinois University (2002)
Victoria worked as a freelance Designer/Illustrator and Interpretive Educator with various non-profit organizations, including East Bay Regional Park District and the National Park Service, designing interpretive materials and exhibits. She recently completed work on the Jr. Ranger program for Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Her current research is focused on exploring the connections between science and design, utilizing data visualization through interactive exhibits.
B.S. Fashion Design, University of Cincinnati (2009)
Megan fell in love with the art of machine knitting while earning her undergraduate degree. Since receiving her B.S., Megan has worked in the luxury and contemporary womenswear market as a hand knitter and sweater designer. Her passion for surfing, skiing and rock climbing has led her current research to the intersection of functional apparel and knitwear design.
B.E. Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, India (2015)
Nikitaa Sivaakumar recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from NIT Tiruchirappalli, India. As part of her undergraduate internship, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Structural design, TU Braunschweig, Germany where she was involved in the structural design and optimisation of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete structural members using Rhinoceros 3D.
B.A. Design, University of California, Davis (2009)
After receiving her Bachelor’s in Design, Tieni worked in Los Angeles and the Bay Area designing trade show exhibits, along with residential interior and consumer products. She also worked in other roles such as editor-in-chief for monthly publications and as event coordinator for a high-tech association events, which hosts over 1,000 attendees held in the Silicon Valley. Her research focuses on generalizing design guidelines for shelf display lighting by targeting high color and energy efficiency. One of her most recent projects included the development of a lighting kit to assist college professors with their instructions.