ayesha riaz | designer 

influenced by architecture, film, and transitions beyond the border 

interested in technology, the moon, and the diaspora

currently researching

 

- repurposing industrial ruins 

- architectural education in previously colonized countries 

- prison abolishment

Skills + Software

 

3D Modeling / Spatial Planning

Rhinoceros 3D

AutoCAD

 

Design

Illustrator

InDesign


Photography 

Photoshop

Lightroom

 

Videography

After Effects

 

Fabrication

3D printing

Laser cutting 

Mold casting

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education

B.S. in Architecture - 2017

Minor in Urban Planning and Policy

[University of Illinois - Chicago]

experience

current 2020 

designer | photographer [freelance] 

- capture and delivery of high res images

- art direction and content creation 

past

production assistant [Open Editions] 2019

- created + manipulated 3D models and iterations for artist-designed products

- prepared 3D files for print + assembly (tolerance adjustments, manifold surfaces) 

lab assistant [Latitude Chicago] 2019

- maintenance of large format printers + high-res scanners

 (ink replacement, custom color profiles, troubleshooting)

- presented ideas for diverse educational programming, grants and outreach

teaching/administrative assistant [UIC - School of Architecture] 2016

- exhibition planning and installation, lecture/event documentation and photography

- developed curriculum for undergraduate course (arch 151)

etc

co-lead mentor [Project Pipeline, I-NOMA]

- guided students through diagramming, model-building and site visit

- facilitated discussions about scale, urban development, and social responsibility

collections management [Rebuild Foundation, Stony Island Arts Bank]

- digitization of Frankie Knuckles vinyl collection + U of C glass lantern slides

- high res image scanning, resizing, database entry

gardener [Kumunda Community Garden]

- site planning for growing/harvesting season, food pantry plot preparation,

irrigation system maintenance and composting