Environmental Futures


24 May 2021


Working across scales, from environmental design to biological materials, Aroussiak Gabrielian, practicing designer and faculty within the Schools of Architecture and Cinema at the University of Southern California (USC), will share the climate focused work that she and her team of design-research students are advancing in the Landscape Futures Lab at USC, along with other noteworthy examples from the field at large. With the current state of crisis of the biophysical world around us, Aroussiak’s talk will address how to implement design and material innovation toward more regenerative and resilient futures.

About the Speaker

Aroussiak Gabriela, Ph.D, is a trained Architect, Landscape Architect, Media Artist, and Futurist. She is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism at the School of Architecture, Affiliate Faculty of Media Arts + Practice at the School of Cinematic Arts, and the Director of the Landscape Futures Lab, all at the University of Southern California. Outside of academia, Aroussiak is the Founding Design Director at foreground design agency, an award-winning multidisciplinary design practice based in Los Angeles. Prior to initiating her practice, Aroussiak worked at Snøhetta in New York City on various architectural and landscape architectural projects including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion and the Guadalajara Museum of Environmental Science. Aroussiak’s work has been recognized through numerous design awards, publications, and exhibits.

In 2021 Aroussiak became a recipient of the 2021 Creative Armenia-AGBU Fellowships, a one-year program launched by Creative Armenia and AGBU, which provides cutting-edge artists a package of funding, mentorship, industry connections, and promotion.

About the Organizers

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment, a research center of the American University of Armenia, promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. The AUA Acopian Center’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity, and conservation, greening the built environment, clean energy, and energy efficiency, as well as information technology and the environment. For more information, please visit acenew.aua.am.

Creative Armenia is a global arts foundation for the Armenian people that discovers, develops, and champions innovative talents. Its founding advisory board includes Serj Tankian, Eric Esrailian, Arsinée Khanjian, Eric Bogosian, Carla Garapedian, Simon Abkarian and Michael Aram. For more information, please visit www.creativearmenia.org.

Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding the Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, AGBU is committed to making a difference in the lives of 500,000 people across Armenia, Artsakh, and the Armenian diaspora. Since 1906, AGBU has remained true to one overarching goal: to create a foundation for the prosperity of all Armenians. To learn more visit www.agbu.org.


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Dr. Aroussiak Gabrielian



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