Hala Abdel Malak
Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management
Parsons Faculty Hotseat
Hala Abdel Malak is a curator, educator, researcher and activist. Born in Beirut during the civil war, she grew up, worked, and studied internationally, in Lebanon, USA, Canada, UAE, Holland, UK, Morocco and France before grounding in New York. Hala’s multicultural background is reflected in her versatile approach and transdisciplinary practice where she explores work around global dynamics, power, organizational development, leadership and societal impact. Her interests, research and practice span from collective and multidirectional learning, transmission of knowledge and creative education to include diverse, non-colonial and indigenous perspectives and traditional and ancestral knowing, the exploration of global cultural and societal dissonance and flow, the resonance around migration and forced displacement, the triggers and contexts for resistance, advocacy and revolt as well as the relationships and conditions needed for transformation. Her work has been featured and published in Print Magazine, Design Indaba, Metropolis, AIGA, Beirut Design Week, NYC x Design, Wanted Design NYC, Smithsonian Media, MOMA and SXSW, where she was awarded the Learn by Design award for her work on refugee education. She is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management and Co-Director of the MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design.