Ahead of its opening this September, the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), has appointed Carlos Montana, Mirko Daneluzzo, Raffi Tchakerian and Sayjel Vijay Patel as part of its faculty.
Drawn from all over the world, the professors have worked in Canada, Italy, Australia, Singapore and Beirut and will join dean Sass Brown and associate dean Hani Asfour as the founding faculty of DIDI. The institute will welcome its first cohort of students in fall this year to its d3 campus.
Architect and co-founder and chief design officer of Nyxo ltd, Mirko Daneluzzo will teach cross disciplinary design. His work has been exhibited in international events including the 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture and at the 2010 Beijing Biennale.
MIT alumnus, architectural designer, researcher, and lecturer, Sayjel Vijay Patel joins DIDI as design and technology faculty. He is also the director and co-founder of CodeKitchen, an open educational platform, which promotes design and technology outreach through community-based learning labs and workshops.
Award-winning industrial designer and educator Carlos Montana joins DIDI as interdisciplinary design faculty. He has taught at universities in Australia, Singapore and Colombia and has worked in numerous international design companies, designing furniture, lamps, ceramics and electric appliances.
Raffi Tchakerian joins DIDI as cross disciplinary faculty and has experience in diverse design fields including aerospace, aviation, medicine, humanitarian design, product design, interactive design and robotics. He has collaborated with leading international designers including the design studio Architecture and Vision and space architects, Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler.
Sass Brown, dean of DIDI, commented, “At DIDI we have promised to nurture the change makers of the future, which means we need the best and most forward-thinking faculty in the world. The faculty we have appointed ahead of DIDI’s inaugural year have incomparable experience and their vision and belief in cross-disciplinary education makes them the perfect fit for DIDI.”
DIDI is a private, non-profit education institution and the first of its kind in the region to offer a four-year Bachelor of Design Degree (BDes). Following the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, DIDI was established by Dubai Holding and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority. DIDI is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education.
DIDI’s curriculum has been designed in association with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Parsons School of Design.