Residency Dates
  • May 2022 – June 2022

Randa Hadi (she/her) is a Kuwaiti designer, researcher, educator, and architect by educational training. Her interests lie in a space where architecture meets graphic design — an area of design process she describes as experimental, narrative, and speculative. Her recent article published on Futuress, (Re)claiming Archives: استعادة الأرشيف A palace of memories for collective imagination قصر للذاكرة الجماعية والأحلام العامة لتتذكرها وتتخيلها, asks us to (re)think archives as a space to dream, heal, and imagine better futures. Her personal work sheds light on Arab identity, belonging, collective memories, and exploring cultural visual language through design. Her thesis, A State of Between(ness): Narrating Transnational Family Histories in Dynamic and Multi-Dimensional Digital Archives, explores ways a storytelling experience might promote representational belonging amongst distant, transnational family members. The digital archive was designed as experimental and speculative but deeply embedded in the way we naturally tell and share stories. She works at Polymode as a Senior Designer, teaches at the University of Tampa, and is a producer and teaching assistant for BIPOC Design History. She teaches topics relating to design(ing) as storytell(ing), critically engaging with design thinking, design research, expanding the histories of graphic design, and ways to disrupt our own sense of time.