Iryna Karaush, B. Arch, MASA (UBC)
Design + Food Atelier (D+FA)
As instructor and coordinator in Product Design, Iryna splits her time between teaching and supporting and developing the program. Iryna is passionate about the multidisciplinary nature of human - centered design that provides immense opportunities to improve quality of everyday life all around the world. Together with the faculty team, she tests design boundaries to make long lasting positive social changes.
With over 15 years’ experience in architectural design, Iryna learned how to apply design methods across different media. Her portfolio includes spatial design and research, tennis apparel design, and a newly found passion - food design, the new field that explores the relationship between people and food from wide-ranging design perspective.
Iryna organized D+FA, the food design research group in 2016. Applying the design thinking methodology, Iryna investigates the local foodscape and opportunity to reconnect local producers and communities.
Areas of research:
- Testing Synergy between Design and Science
- Food Design: Foodscape and Social Fabrics
- Food Design: Local – Global Conviviality
- Food Design: Utopian and Dystopian Future of Food
- The research project The Resilient Link is project that focuses on Southwest BC ecoregion and bioregional context.
- Food Design + Future Health: Nutrigenomics (in the stage of proposal)
- Ongoing project: Regional Connectivity. Building five resilient links between the innovative community of Southlands and Global Village