A designer with experience in urban design, architecture, graphic design and design education. Conversant in and across multiple design languages. A design linguist.
Having worked with communities and cultural institutions off and on throughout her career, Deborah is now making these areas her primary focus, especially to address issues surrounding cultural heritage and development, craft, education, empowerment, social infrastructure and community-based stewardship. As a perpetual liaison and translator between disciplines, people and cultures, she is particularly interested in the design of intangibles, bringing structure and understanding to complex situations through the development of systems and strategies.
Deborah has recently relocated to Chicago, IL USA from Singapore where she served as Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator for the Visual Communication program in the new School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Prior to joining NTU, Deborah was a Visual Information Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian in New York.