I am a visual artist currently living in Los Angeles and working primarily with painting and collage. My practice investigates the notion of home, comparative identity, and urban dwelling. The work speaks about these issues from critical contemporary perspectives in architecture and urban design but is also in relation to the ties that connect my Middle Eastern and North African heritage with my current home. The work portrays the ways in which these places infuse each other not only from an individual experience but also within a greater social and cultural context.
After receiving training in architecture, urban design, and city planning, I completed an MFA at California Institute of the Arts in 2015. I am an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, and the co-founder of The City at 3 Miles Per Hour, which brings urban exploration and intergenerational play to cities.