Vrouyr Joubanian is a multi-disciplinary designer and design educator whose sustainable design strategies aim to create social and systems change. A former Fulbright Scholar who holds two master’s degrees, Vrouyr’s extensive experience in product, service, and systems design, coupled with his expertise in customized design research and impact measurement tools, uniquely informs his human-centered design approach. Vrouyr’s co-creative methods build trust, empathy, and engagement with stakeholders, facilitating collaborative design solutions to complex problems.
Between 2012 and 2014, Vrouyr was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received a master’s degree in industrial design with a focus on social impact. His master’s thesis brought together an independent collective of students, designers, professionals, and partner institutions to explore the value of human-centered design in Lebanon. Vrouyr’s work also includes designing for community engagement and collaboration, organizational change, and intentional public conversation. Vrouyr graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in product design from Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) in Beirut in 2011.
Vrouyr’s passion for human-centered design informs his diverse work portfolio that includes social systems consulting, product design, and design education. He currently serves on the faculty of the Department of Design’s Global Design (MA) and Product Design (BA) Programs at ALBA, where he also leads the graduate program and serves on the curriculum committee. In addition to his work in higher education, Vrouyr is the Program Manager for MENA Design Research Center, where he was also the co-founder of Beirut Design Week, and serves on the board of Les Ateliers de la Recherche en Design, an international association of francophone design research academics. Fluent in four languages, when not doing innovative human-centered design, Vrouyr practices photography and goes on runs with his dog.