Salam RidaMichigan-Mellon Design Fellow
Salam Rida will be joining Taubman College as our 2022-23 Michigan-Mellon design fellow. In this role, she is responsible for the development of the ArcPrep curriculum; administration of the Michigan Research Studio and digital dissemination platforms; coordination of graduate teaching assistants and invited faculty; and among other outreach activities. Salam will report to Yojairo Lomeli, ArcPrep program director and Anya Sirota, associate dean for academic initiatives.
Salam's research and practice, situated at the intersection of the architecture and urban design, explores multidisciplinary approaches to tactical interventionism, environment sustainability, and equitable economic development. As an urban designer for the city of Jackson Department of Planning and Development under the administration of Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumuba, she worked to launch the Fertile Ground Project, for which she served as program director and arts curator since 2018. In parallel, Salam is co-founder of the Ecoshed, a mixed used incubator for sustainable infrastructure, culinary arts, and cultural production. Most recently, she held a position with Wier Boerner Allin as project manager.
A native of Detroit, Salam holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and a bachelor's degree in sociology and urban studies from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and Arts.