I am an urbanist, designer, and cultural producer and currently serve as Deputy Director & Director of Programs for Grantmakers in the Arts, the only national association of public and private cultural funders. As Special Projects Manager with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs I had the privilege of coordinating and co-authoring the City’s Monuments Commission and CreateNYC the first-ever comprehensive cultural plan for NYC. In this role, I led hundreds of engagements with a broad cross-section of the peoples, communities, and stakeholders city-wide.
I attended university in my OG hometown, Philadelphia, in 2010 (BArch, Temple University) and my adopted hometown, New York City, in 2015 (MA, Parsons School of Design Strategies at the New School). I am devoted to engagement in culturally responsible and equitable design practice with emphasis on inclusion, exemplified in collaborations with the International Design Clinic, a community youth center in North Philadelphia, and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a cultural non profit dedicated to presenting and teaching Arab culture through the arts.
Other endeavors include publications, serving as an adjunct lecturer at Parsons School of Design and Temple University, and research, community engagement, and public policy as a founding partner of the all-women led design collective, in.site collaborative.
For more detailed professional history, please see curriculum vitae.
Identity Crisis: Creating a Contemporary Bathhouse in Cairo, Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany | 2010
“The Situationist Proxy,” in Theoretical Encounters: Seminar in Architecture Theory, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA | 2009
“Diversity Politics and Engaging Pluralism as Transformative Urban Practice,” TRULAB [Laboratory for Urban Transformation] | 07 May 2015
“The New School and the Pedagogy of Alternative Urban Practices,” Panel Discussion, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference in Chicago, April 2015
“Designing for an Equitable New York” | Policy Recommendations Book Developed by the graduate students in Theories of Urban Practice, Design & Urban Ecologies, and Design Studies Programs | School of Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design | 2013
Inam, A. “Unveiling Vegas: Urbanism at the nexus of private profit and public policy,” Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 9:3, 216-236 | July 2015 [Research Assistant]
Actionable Theory | Parsons Festival 2015 Wanted Design + Parsons School for Design | Industry City, NYC | May 2015
We Went Looking for Home but We Found [Creative Director and Curator] Al-Bustan Seeds and Culture + Art in City Hall | City Hall, Philadelphia, PA | February-April 2015
Perpetual Renewal: INVESTIGATING URBAN RENEWAL IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE | Parsons The New School for Design + 596 Acres | Governor’s Island, NYC | August 2014
Alumni Accreditation Exhibit | Temple University | Philadelphia, PA | February 2011
Al-Quds/Jerusalem 2015 | 2010 Annual Meeting Research Center for Islamic History, Art & Culture | Jerusalem | 2010
Mourning, Recognition, and Tribute_Evoking Space | Temple University | Philadelphia, PA | September 2009
reclaimedSKY | idcSP08US | May 2008
Reimagining Ibn Battuta | Al-Bustan Annual Fundraiser | University of Pennsylvania | December 2007
Hub.UP [Hub for Urban Practices], in•sitecollaborative, TRULAB: Laboratory for Urban Transformation, School of Design Strategies at Parsons
Urban Art | Identity & Culture | Diversity Politics | Critical Race Theory | Post Colonial Theory | Radical Feminist Geography | Urban Theory