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Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad


  • Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad
  • Area

    School of Design


    Design as Catalyst Platform Tutor

  • Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad is Tutor on the Design as Catalyst platform within the Design Products programme. He approaches the platform as a dialogic space to respond to the complex, networked and often contradictory scenarios techno-social emergences and mass urbanisation have on the way we live, work and play.

  • Biography

  • Since 2009 Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad has been working closely with collaborators across disciplines and scales in a studio practice that spans the domestic and public realm – producing work ranging from neighbourhood plans and public spaces to recipes, games, images and objects.

    Evading formal classifications, his practice draws on design, architecture, ethnography and image-making, while his research interests in play theory and defamiliarisation act as contextual research tools for developing methodologies that actively engage publics within design and decision making processes.

    Hashemi-Nezhad has conducted lectures and workshops internationally and has exhibited as part of the Serpentine Galleries, The Showroom, Liverpool Biennial, Nottingham Contemporary, Shanghai Art and Design Biennale, Tokyo Design Week, MACBA Barcelona and LCCA Riga amongst others. He is the recipient of a number of international awards, collaborative research grants, fellowships, and is part of Theatrum Mundi/Global Street, an international research project from London School of Economics which brings architects, designers and artists together to re-imagine public space.

    Hashemi-Nezhad regularly lectures at the Royal College of Art in London, where he graduated in 2008.
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  • External collaborations

  • Current (2016/17) projects collaborators include:

    Westminster Council

    Nottingham City Homes

    Victoria & Albert Museum

    Tokyo City Office

    Sutton Council

    University of the Arts, London

    Serpentine Galleries 

    Nottingham Contemporary

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • The City Questions, Nottingham Contemporary, 2016

    Trans—Design, Shanghai Biennial, 2016

    Hyson Green Workshops, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 2016

    Soleil Jaune, La Poste HQ, Paris, 2015'

    Lecture - 'Craft Thinking', Osaka Municipal College of Design, Japan, 2015

    Artist’s Talk - Serpentine Gallery, London, 2014

    Stand by, Milan Salone del Mobile, Milan, 2014

    Camden Highline, London Design Festival, 2014

    Survival Kit, LCCA, Riga, 2013

    Possibility Forum, Serpentine Gallery, 2013

    Futurist Library, Liverpool Biennial, 2013

    UnBox Festival Delhi, British Council, AHRC, 2013

    Grand Domestic Revolution Casco, The Showroom Gallery, 2012

    Zootopia, London Design Festival,  Festival of Architecture, London, 2012

    Communal Knowledge, The Showroom Gallery, 2012

    On the Edgware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2012

    Seamless, India Art Sumit, Delhi, 2012

    In Other Words, Sarai, Delhi, 2012

    Opaque/Platform, Design Tide, Tokyo, 2011

    Speak Out, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2011

    Anatomy of a Street, London Festival of Architecture, London, 2010

    Orderly Conduct, Format Photography Festival, Derby, 2010

    Auto-Progettazione Revisited, Architecture Association, London, 2009
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  • Awards and Grants

  • Unbox Image Gallery, AHRC collaborative research grant, 2015

    Hyson Green Workshop Units, Arts Council England, 2015

    Near Now, Arts Council England & Innovate UK, 2015

    The Urban Craftsmen, Artists’ International Development Fund, Arts Council England, 2014

    Mapping Mapusa Market,  AHRC collaborative research grant, 2013

    Seamless (Sarai, Delhi), Asialink research grant, 2012

Selected work


Research interests

Participatory Design Methodologies