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Common Reading Series: Designing a Mobile App to Assist Refugees

September 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Join Chien-Yi Chu and Ayad Rahmani from WSU’s school of Design and Construction as they discuss a mobile app concept they designed to help refugees in the United Kingdom. In the future, they hope the app will assist refugees as they assimilate to their new home, navigate their first days in unfamiliar surroundings, and become a part of their local community.

Chien-Yi Chu is a graduate student in WSU’s School of Design and Construction. Originally from Taiwan, she has had a lifelong interest in architecture and building design. Before coming to WSU, she studied abroad in the United Kingdom, where she gained a passion for helping refugees and promoting cultural diversity.

Ayad Rahmani is an associate professor in WSU’s School of Design and Construction. His teaching efforts center on undergraduate design studios (including a firm-based summer studio in Seattle), the World of Design and Construction foundation course, a “10 best cities” theory course, and an architectural criticism course at the graduate level. His research focuses on the intersection between critical theory and architecture with recent inquiry into the areas of global urban development and parametric productions.

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