NuVuX Team

Saeed Arida is the Founder and Chief Excitement Officer of NuVu Studio, a full time innovation school based in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Arida received his PhD in Design Computation as a Presidential Fellow at MIT, where his doctoral research examined the intricacies of the creative process and the nature of creativity. This work explored how an educational environment can nurture creative learning, which formed the pedagogical framework for NuVu, a new studio education model that nurtures students’ creative and innovative skills.

Education
B.Arch, Damascus University, Syria
SMArchS in Architecture, MIT
PhD in Design Computation, MIT

Saeed Arida

Co-Founder and CEO, NuVu

Expertise

Indoor Plants, Hydroponic Gardening

Saba Ghole is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of NuVu Studio. She's an architectural/urban designer turned education and technology entrepreneur. Her multidisciplinary explorations in painting, photography, graphic design, film, architecture and urban planning have formed her holistic understanding of design and creative education. Saba is also an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, an INK Fellow, and a TEDxSanJoseCA speaker.

Education
B.Arch, Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo
SMArchS in Urban Design, MIT

Saba Ghole

Co-Founder and CCO, NuVu

Expertise

Architecture and Urban Design, 90s Soul and R&B Music, Star Trek TNG

Kristina joined NuVu in 2018 after an accomplished 10+ year career in architecture and has helped to grow NuVuX into the program it is today. As an Architect, Kristina specialized in large scale projects for academic institutions, including Smith College, Columbia University, Davidson College, and Princeton University. She previously taught at the Boston Architectural College and is a Licensed Architect in the State of California.  The person writing this thinks Kristina’s bread baking skills are epic.

Education
B.Arch, Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo

Kristina Osborn

Senior Program Designer

Expertise

Sourdough Bread Baking, Spreadsheet Wizardry

Ji is a learning design specialist passionate about educational tools and emerging technologies. She brings to NuVu her experience in instructional design and content curation as well as inspirations from her personal art practice. As a former Coach, she devised several context-driven studios including Paper Politics, Devices for Activism, and Counter Monuments where students explore public art, participatory design and civic engagement.

Education
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University
M.Des, Harvard University GSD

Jiyoo Jye

Program Designer

Expertise

Oil Painting, Screen Printing, Scuba Diving, Fish Tank Maintenance

James is a cross-disciplinary designer, educator, and researcher who has led projects across a variety of contexts and industries, including research on earthquake resiliant building systems in India, entrepreneurial education in Mongolia, participatory urban design workshops in the US and Colombia, and research on the role of design and policy to reduce mass incarceration in the US. In his spare time, James is a photographer, triathlete, aspiring marathoner, sushi chef, hibernating percussionist, and a Spanish speaker in-training.

Education
BS in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois
M.Arch, MIT

James Addison

Program Designer

Expertise

Participatory and Systems Design, Photography, Food Experimentation

Ramzi is an architect, researcher, and educator based between Boston, MA and Beirut, Lebanon. During Ramzi’s graduate studies at Harvard’s GSD, his thesis tackled questions of territory, geopolitics, and architecture within the Syrian context. At the GSD, he was also a teaching assistant, research assistant, and instructor for a course on architecture and nation building. Ramzi has also worked at Polypod, a multidisciplinary studio based in Beirut, and has curated a number of exhibitions and installations at Harvard.

Education
B.Arch, Lebanese American University
M.Arch, Harvard University GSD

Ramzi Naja

Head of Innovation
NuVu-Karam

Expertise

Aviation (ability to name the make and model of a plane flying overhead)

Aaron is an educator and designer with a background in architecture and a current interest in electric transportation. He is the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the winner of the Deus Ex Machina international motorcycle build off. In his free time, Aaron practices gymnastics and enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing.

Education
BS in Architecture Studies, University of Illinois
M.Arch, University of Illinois

Aaron Laniosz

Program Designer

Expertise

Architectural Design, Electric Motorcycle Design and Engineering

Joselyn is a creative technologist, designer, and educator. She has experience leading projects in a variety of settings, including founding Blink Blink, a circuit-kit startup that fostered electronics exploration for girls. She has designed installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, developed methods for manufacturing sculptures with industrial robots, and researched strategies for undermining facial recognition surveillance.

Education
MFA, Parsons the New School for Design
M.S, Carnegie Mellon University

Joselyn McDonald

Program Designer

Expertise

Electronics repair, Filmmaking, Ethical Technology Design and Development

Noah is a human centered designer and developer who creates digital products through all stages of development. He brings expertise from his web, iOS, and game development background as well as his teaching experience. He has developed an app which focuses on counting and tracking statistics within a popular card game. In his free time he tends to his growing collection of plants, plays ultimate frisbee and a variety of online competitive video games. 

Education
B.S, Washington University in St. Louis 

Noah Saldana

R&D Coordinator

Expertise

Web, iOS, Game Development, Cast Iron Cooking, Frisbee, Plant Care

NuVuX Fellows

Nakeia is a generator and a gatherer with an interdisciplinary approach that strives to find the beauty in the boundary. Through engaging with indigenous and local communities, Nakeia strategizes design interventions that are varied and worldly that fulfill her civic responsibility to help the unseen.

Education
BA in Interdisciplinary Art + Design, Columbia College Chicago
M.Des in Adaptive Reuse, Rhode Island School of Design

Nakeia Medcalf

NuVuX Fellow + Traveling Fellow
Hawaii Technology Academy

Expertise

Travel and Carpentry

Amanda is an interdisciplinary designer whose work and research is positioned at the intersection of biology, technology, and human experience. She has participated in art exhibitions internationally and has been artist in residence at galleries in Vancouver and Barcelona. Her professional experience includes work on speculative futures and designing with living materials at Terreform ONE in Brooklyn, New York. When she is not running and designing studios with NuVuX, you might find her practicing yoga, playing her casio keyboard, hiking, or enjoying ocean activities.

Education
BFA + SMFA, Tufts University
M.Arch, University of British Columbia

Amanda O’Keefe

NuVuX Fellow
Kamehameha Schools Maui

Expertise

Environmental & Regenerative Design

Kyle recently received his graduate degree from MIT, where he worked as a researcher at the Self-Assembly Lab, and explored the role of design and technology within digital fabrication. Kyle has worked as a designer for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, as an architect for The Crown Prince of Dubai, and as a project manager in Shanghai. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale in Italy, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

Education
B.Arch, SciArch
SMArchS in Architectural Design, MIT

Kyle Branchesi

NuVuX Fellow
Kelvinside Academy

Expertise

Digital Fabrication, Pneumatics, Virtual Environments, Environmental Design

Molly is a designer, maker, and educator who recently received an MS from MIT where her research examined digital fabrication tools, material processes, craft knowledge, and computational thinking. She has also practiced architecture and digital fabrication in NYC and has helped create projects across the U.S. as well as internationally in China and Israel. She enjoys making things for fun, stand-up comedy, dreaming about one day owning a chicken farm, and learning more about recycling.

Education
B.Arch, Pratt Institute
SMArchS Computation, MIT

Molly Mason

NuVuX Fellow
The Wheeler School

Expertise

Digital Fabrication, Architecture, Machine-Making

Justin Bernard is a Philadelphia + San Diego based educator, designer, and fabricator. Justin formed the group studioRON along with Eric Mayer. studioRON is a design collective whose speculative and contract work is pursued through the development and fabrication of architecturally focused drawings, installations, prototypes and inhabitable spaces. Justin has participated in a variety of international workshops and exhibits in the UK, Poland, Germany and Costa Rica.

Education
B. Arch, Temple University

Justin Bernard

NuVuX Fellow
Bostonia Global Highschool

Expertise

Architectural Drawings, Installations, Inhabitable Spaces

Sumanth is a multidisciplinary designer and educator. His work intersects architecture and digital media. He has previously practiced architecture and fabrication in India as well as worked on projects in Nepal.​ His research investigates ecologies that exist in between technology, material, and labor practices in architecture. He has also volunteered at an education non-profit working with children in shelter homes across India.

Education
M. Arch, Rhode Island School of Design

Sumanth Mysore Krishna

NuVuX Fellow
Woodstock Union High School

Expertise

Architecture, Digital Media, Emerging Technologies

Dina is an architect, urban designer, researcher, and educator based between Beirut, Lebanon and Paris, France. During her graduate studies, she explored topics such a fragmented cities and collective memory with her thesis publication on fluctuant border-zones in post-conflict Beirut. She was also teaching assistant and mentor in the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.

Education
B. Arch, Lebanese American University
M in Urban Design, American University of Beirut

Dina Chehab

NuVuX Fellow
LAMBA

Expertise

Architecture, Urban Design, Japanese Music, Taekwondo, Printmaking-Etching

Andrew is a Los Angeles based architectural designer. His interest in design focuses on the interdisciplinary opportunities that can be leveraged between technology, the biological sciences, and diasporic cultures to facilitate sustainable and equitable futures. 

Education
B.Arch & Cinematic Arts Minor, University of Southern California
MS Integrated Digital Media, New York University

Andrew Lau

NuVuX Fellow
Odyssey STEM Academy

Expertise

Architectural Design, Risography, Film

Ben is an empathetic, energetic, Bay Area native interested in the intersection of biology, design, materials, and technology to engineer systematic solutions. Ben is the connective tissue for people and knowledge. He values collaboration above all else. Ben is extremely curious about emergence -- how local interactions change over time to create complex, macro-level systems with unique behaviors the individual parts do not possess. He seeks to identify pattern languages within multidimensional data to discover unconventional ways to process information.

Education
B. Arch, California Polytechnic State University

Ben Johnson

NuVuX Fellow
The Elisabeth Morrow School

Expertise

Crystallography, Spatio-temporal Modeling, Astronomy, Physics

NuVuX-UK Team

Craig helps new ventures and established companies to get the best out of their team and business opportunity. Running any type of entity requires a blend of different skills and these improve with practice and experience. Craig’s role is to support the evolution of these skills and provide a framework to develop the strategic thinking behind a business and improve its long-term performance.

Education
C.I.I Chartered Institute of Insurance

Craig Eason

UK Business Consultant

Expertise

Business Coaching, Mentoring, Strategic Thinking, Holistic Risk Management

Andrew graduated in Economics from Leeds University and spent over 6 years working in the Asset management industry, focusing on both client servicing and business development. He has redirected his skills to work alongside and help develop early stage UK-based businesses, with a focus on growth and financial support. Andrew is currently training towards the Scottish Chartered Accountancy qualification.

Education
BA in Economics, Leeds University

Andrew Wilson

UK Business Development

Expertise

Business Development, Client Support, Start-up Support

Gregor brings deep expertise and experience in journalism to his PR work, where he has been working for the last six years. Storytelling is central to Gregor’s approach, as he leverages skills in writing, media relations, and social media management in order to find and create stories that intrigue and excite people. Gregor has experience working in a senior role at one of the UK’s biggest agencies, where he worked with clients across a range of sectors.

Education
BA Politics, Glasgow University
PgDip Broadcast Journalism, University West of Scotland

Gregor Hollerin

UK PR Consultant

Expertise

Storytelling, Brand Strategy, Marketing, Media Relations, Content Creation, Social Media Management