American University of Sharjah

Department of Art and Design

Department of Design

Kevin Badni

Kevin Badni

Associate Professor and Department Head

Master of Arts in Multimedia, De Montfort University, UK

Kevin Badni taught industrial design and multimedia for more than 10 years at Loughborough University in the UK, as well as being the master's program director. His professional experience includes working for multiple design consultancies and international manufacturing companies. He has also obtained a number of design awards and patents. His main area of research interest is in the use of virtual reality and augmented reality within design and art.

Paul Bantey

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Assistant Professor

Master of Fine Arts, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand

Canadian-born Paul Bantey has worked professionally in Canada and the United States as creative director in prominent Canadian design firms. He specialized in corporate communications, winning numerous design awards in Canada and the US. He has exhibited in Canada, the US, the UAE and New Zealand. In academia since 1994, Bantey was chair of design at Lasalle, Singapore. Subsequently, he was Executive Vice-Dean, Managing Director at RHU-Huizhou University, China. His research interests focus on globalization and hybridity. He speaks English, French and Mandarin.

Zinka Bejtic

Zinka Bejtic

Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Master of Arts in Visual Communication, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Zinka Bejtic is a filmmaker and visual artist who explores the multimodal literacies and aesthetic complexities of image manipulation in both static and motion media. Besides teaching, Bejtic has had extensive international industry experience working as an art director, designer and film editor for design studios and post-production agencies. Her creative work and teaching focus on motion design, post-production and graphic design, while her research includes exploration of artistic elements in experimental film, video and new media.

Gaurang Desai

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Assistant Professor

University of Sydney, Australia

Gaurang Desai is an architect, industrial designer and engineer. He has taught industrial design, interior design, design management and interactive design courses at the University of Western Sydney and KvB Raffles Institute in Australia, and the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India. As the creative head at Symbyosys Design, he won an award for his design of a rural primary school and a low-cost bank ATM. His research sits at the intersection of design, technology and sociology and encompasses participatory design, environmental sustainability, design of interactive devices and technological innovation and commercialization.

Zlatan Filipović

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Associate Professor

Master of Fine Arts, Alfred University, USA

Zlatan Filipović taught multimedia arts and design fat the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, where he created the academy's first video and multimedia lab, and at AUS. His areas of teaching interest and research are interactive media, tangible/non-tangible interfaces, interactive animation and video art. He has exhibited widely in Sarajevo as well as internationally, and for a number of years he organized and conducted lectures and workshops fostering video art and animation production in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dr. Johannes Martin Giesen

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Professor

Born and schooled in Germany, Martin Giesen earned a PhD at Heidelberg University, Germany, and interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York prior to his academic career. He has taught in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Canada and most recently in the UAE, where he was founding dean of the School of Architecture and Design at AUS. For some 30 years, Giesen has produced and exhibited watercolor paintings documenting the impact of development on the human environment. His work has been shown in solo exhibits in Lebanon, Germany, Canada and the UAE. John Munro and Samir Sayegh authored monographs on Giesen’s art.

Riem Ibrahim

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Assistant Professor

Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, University of Illinois-Chicago, USA

Riem Ibrahim obtained her Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design from American University in Sharjah. She then founded Mobius Design Studio with two of her colleagues in Dubai, where she worked on commissioned design projects, as well as self-initiated research. She has taught in visual communication and online publishing, and continues to work on her research in animated typography.

Dr. Beatriz Itzel Cruz Megchun

Dr. Beatriz Itzel Cruz Megchun

Assistant Professor

PhD in Design Management, Staffordshire University, UK

Beatriz Itzel Cruz-Megchun has more than 16 years of working experience in design, innovation, research and development, project management and marketing in Mexico and internationally. After completing her PhD, she gained a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Center for Applied Business Research in the Business School at Staffordshire University. This helped her to extend her research experience on the use and implementation of design into technological-based enterprises. Her areas of research interest are entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, dynamic capabilities, small- and medium-sized enterprises /technological-based enterprises, and design specialization at the regional, national and international level.

Mark Pilkington

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Professor

Master of Arts in Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Mark Pilkington taught fine art, media production and photography at a variety of further and higher education institutions in the UK before moving to the UAE. His area of research is creative practice in photography where he explores interactions with the environment. He has exhibited his work internationally and at a number of UAE galleries, as well as at the Sharjah Biennial and the Bastakiya Art Fair in Dubai. At CAAD, he primarily teaches practical photography and the history of photography.

Philip Sheil

Mr Philip Sheil

Associate Professor

Born in Wales, Phil Sheil earned a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary, Canada. Prior to his academic career, he worked in London as a designer/visualizer. At AUS Sheil has taught various level courses in many subjects, including illustration, painting, drawing, software, media industry, design studio and foundation design, as well as served as the director of the foundations program and chair of the design department. His research area is paintings (acrylic on canvas) and digital imaging.

Seth Thompson

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Associate Professor

MFA in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Seth Thompson has taught university-level classes since 2001, beginning with the University of Akron. Thompson’s research interests and practice primarily focus on the interpretation and representation of visual culture and heritage using panoramic imaging and hypermedia systems. Media art history with special emphasis on the panorama plays an integral role in this theoretical and practice-based investigation. Prior to his academic career at American University of Sharjah, he was an educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum and Education Director at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts in New York City.

Ludmil Trenkov

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Assistant Professor

Master of Fine Arts in Media Design, Art Center College of Design, USA

Ludmil Trenkov is a media designer whose research interests are centered on media of place, intercultural exchange and building online and offline communities. He is interested in people in their multi-dimensional existence and complexities: as makers of culture, as eager participants of commerce and, most importantly, as enablers of their future. He believes that designers must investigate, reveal and ultimately facilitate the interdependencies of cultures through media. He has extensive experience working in the online startup world from the early Dot-Com beginnings to Web 2.0 and social networking technologies and practice.