M.A., Design, Art, Design and the Public Domain, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, USAM.A., Business Administration, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, IndiaB.A., Tech., Electronics and Communication and Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
Tanuja Mishra is a designer, artist and
researcher who works at the intersection of critical and
speculative design and social practice. She investigates
historical, cultural and aesthetic implications of technology to
imagine futures that are both aspirational and equitable. Her
current research focuses on questioning machine intelligence and
building AI on the values of care, trust and interconnection.
Ph.D. History of Art, Open UniversityM.A. History of Art, Design & Contextual Studies, Birmingham City UniversityB.A. History, King’s College, University of LondonFields of interest: history and theory of architecture, design and urbanism
Ph.D. in architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CAM.A. of Building Science in architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CAB.A. of Engineering in architecture, Ajou University, South Korea
Jae Yong Suk is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Design and Associate Director of the California
Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at UC Davis. Suk has a unique
background as a highly accomplished researcher, professor, and
internationally recognized lighting designer.
California Lighting Technology Center
University of California, Davis
633 Peña Drive
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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
B.F.A. Parsons School of Design M.Ed. Leslie University
William Mead has been teaching in the Design Department and UC
Davis since 2016. He earned his BFA at Parsons School of Design
in 1989. He completed a lifetime certification in secondary art
education at Massachusetts College of Art in 1992. In 1999 he
completed a Master’s degree in Education (MEd) At Leslie
B.A. Art History, Minor: Women’s Studies, University of California, Los AngelesM.A. Visual Studies, University of California, IrvinePh.D. Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine
Kayleigh Perkov is a design historian who studies the
intersection of craft and technology. She received her PhD from
the Department of Visual Studies at the University of California,
Irvine. Her dissertation, “Giving Form to Feedback: Craft and
Technology circa 1968–1974,” examined the impact of
information-age technology upon craft practice, arguing
that the projects that emerged serve as important precursors to
the personal technology we know today.
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.
In Person: (Week 1) 9:00 am–2:30 pm M, T, F; 9:00 am–5:30 pm Th (Week 2) 9:00 am–5:30 pm M, T, FRemote: (Week 1) 9:00 am–5:30 pm W; 2:30 pm–5:30 pm M, T, F(Week 2) 9:00 am–5:30 pm W, Th
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.
In Person: 7:30 am–4:00 pm T–ThRemote: 7:30 am–4:00 pm M, FAdvising: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00–4:00 pm
Ileana Oseguera is a first-generation Latina who
has worked to promote education for over ten years. During this
time, she had the pleasure to work with a diverse group of
individuals in college counseling, recruitment, and teaching,
particularly first-generation and low-income students. She holds
a bachelor of arts degree from UC Davis in
international relations and a double major in Spanish. She also
has a master of science degree in school counseling from
California State University, Sacramento.
As an Academic Advisor her goal is to guide students in their
journey to academic success and life while at UC Davis. In
her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, working out,
and spending time with her two fur babies, Coco and
In Person: 7:30 am–4:00 pm T, WRemote: 7:30 am–4:00 pm M, Th, FAdvising: 9:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Huryoung Vongsachang is an Undergraduate Program Coordinator and
Academic Advisor in the Arts Group Advising Center. His
experiences centered around student advocacy and support,
first-year transitions, and cross-functional event coordination,
in conjunction with his STEM and healthcare background, bring a
unique new outlook to the advising center. Huryoung has held
previous positions at the University, from the Medical Center to
the Student Housing and Dining Services, and the Cross Cultural
Center. Huryoung is a first-generation college graduate and holds
a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of
More About Huryoung:
His passions as a Coordinator and Advisor lie in facilitating a
fulfilling, holistic experience for undergraduates and improving
the quality of work and life. In his free time, Huryoung
thoroughly enjoys nature, food, sports, dancing, and playing the
Laura Xue Luo is an academic advisor for the Arts Group Advising
Center. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Animation
from Beijing Film Academy in Beijing, China and a Master of
Education from Brock University in St.Catharines, Canada. She has
worked as an instructor and academic advisor for over 10 years.
She is passionate about working with diverse student populations,
particularly with first generation and international students.
Her goal is to guide and assist students in achieving their
academic success and career goals.
BFA in Visual Communication Design, Dr. Shariaty University, Tehran, Iran, 2020
Niloufar Abdolmaleki is an artist and designer and she is
currently pursuing her MFA in Design at University of California,
Davis. Her research interests include the experiential and
environmental graphic design. She is interested in creating
social interventions and public arts; sparking human
interactions. She greatly enjoys working on multidisciplinary
projects, the ones that involve creative thinking and
B.Sc., in Fashion Design and Technology from BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Hafsa is an M.F.A. in Design student at the University of
California, Davis. Her interest is in fashion design. She
worked on sustainable design to create zero-waste patterns,
upcycling garments, and exploring ethnic clothing to design
In her M.F.A thesis, she is planning to expand her research on
functional apparel and 3D printing.
B.A., English Literature, University of California, MercedM.A., Interdisciplinary Humanities (emphasis on 1930s Cinema and Fashion), University of California, Merced
Cristina (Cris) Gomez is an M.F.A. Design student at the
University of California, Davis. Her academic background includes
Literature, Cinema, and Fashion studies of 1930s America.
Cristina’s area of focus is on costume exhibitions and on the
analysis of clothing’s social role. Her planned thesis project is
an exhibition on the Central Valley of California’s field
worker’s clothing to discuss their working social
B.A., Fine Art, School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Elyse is an interdisciplinary designer whose work reimagines the
land use of decommissioned golf courses in the Western United
States. Joining experiences in sustainable fabrication,
environmental and social justice and ecology, Elyse creates a
speculative tool kit for converting the former courses into
public spaces. Through this work she inserts methods for
restorative landscapes, reintroduction of native plants and
wildlife habitats and facilitating community stewardship to
improve recreational access to underserved populations.
Justin Marsh is a visual artist and designer with an expansive
history as an exhibition specialist. Over the past decade, he has
supported the inauguration and growth of multiple museum
institutions and gallery cooperatives in Northern California. His
practice at UC Davis intersects interior and exterior spaces of
cultural production, seeking to embrace marginal, liminal, and
heterotopic territory. His research is informed by critical
design, counter-archival methods, and emerging exhibition and
urban design strategies.
Before starting the MFA in Design and just after graduating from
a BA in Industrial Design, I became specifically interested in
the field of Jewelry Design, and I have been exploring different
approaches in ideation and design for mass production. I am also
designing and making jewelry as an independent designer, with
several jewelry collections, mostly inspired by the history,
culture, and art of my ancient country, Iran.
I believe Design is a way of changing the world to be a better
place. A better world may have a different definition for
different people: perhaps an ergonomic chair or an Interface for
a pioneer application, each can make one’s world a better place
to live in. Over a decade of professional and academic experience
has equipped me with extensive collaborative skills and creative
methods in visual communication design.
B.A., Fashion Design, Universidad Pontificia, Bolivariana
As a designer, Alejandra has been interested in exploring,
performing and reflecting on alternative practices that can
derive from her academic background. This has led her to
collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to propose and
experiment in projects related to sustainability and circular
economy, development of alternative materials, education and
learning, geosciences communication, craft-art-design
interaction, collaborative arts and creative activism.
During the MFA she will be exploring material design, its
lifecycles and possible applications.
B.S., Apparel Design, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Quinessa Stibbins is an apparel designer and dancer from St. Paul
Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a
BS in Apparel Design and a minor in social justice. She then
worked for a dance costume company called Kelle Company for
two years. Quinessa is passionate about designing through a
social justice lens and using both apparel and dance for
B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Pachia’s (Puh-chee-uh) design work is informed by her experiences
as a Hmong-American navigating culture, art, trauma, and society
with a pluriversal imagination that speaks from Hmong-centered
knowledge. She is a paj ntaub maker exploring concepts of
indigeneity, diaspora, and dress through an interdisciplinary
practice in textiles, fashion, digital media, and exhibition
design to create place and space for marginalized communities.
B.S., Architecture and Ubranism, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Peru
Ofelia is an M.F.A. in Design student at the University of
California, Davis. Her background includes architecture,
landscaping, furniture, and digital fabrication. Her area of
interest is focused on sustainable design and interactive design,
in pursuit of creating a merge between nature and technology.
Marcy Wacker is a designer and educator interested in exploring
design’s “gaps”—overlooked, avoided, and ignored spaces. Her work
acknowledges and amplifies forgotten objects, people, and ideas,
investigates how they reveal and influence our human experience,
and reimagines how we teach design and why.
B.F.A., Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Edward Whelan comes to Davis from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he
worked as an exhibition designer for the Philbrook Museum of Art.
While working on a number of exhibitions at Philbrook, Whelan
became interested in co-design and how those methods could be
brought into museums. With close to 10 years experience in the
museum field, Whelan plans to continue his relationships with
museums and will be the lead designer for the upcoming “All on
the Line: William T.
B.S., Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical UniversityM.B.A., Sabanci University, IstanbulB.A., Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Rova Yilmaz is a designer interested in smart clothing and
functional clothing design. She studied fashion design and
civil engineering as an undergraduate. She prospects to
combine design, engineering, and art. Her research is biased
toward actuated clothes with functionality and purpose for being
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
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
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 17 solo exhibitions and
78 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.
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
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
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.