A Computational Architect, Design Researcher, Engineer, Artist, Futurist & Tutor.

Aya Riad is the co-founder and chief architect of Shift+Space Design & Research; an experimental design studio positioned at the intersection of architecture, robotics, emergent technologies, and art. The studio's work dives into interactive, participatory design that begins from the person and expands to the surrounding environment. 

She is an Assistant Lecturer of Advanced Computational Design at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and has a passion for teaching. She is also the Middle East Regional Manager at DigitalFUTURES; a global, educational, accessible initiative with a particular emphasis on the latest computational design and fabrication technologies.

She is a Master's graduate (M.Arch. Design Research Lab) from the renowned Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

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