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Alumnus/Alumna profile

Mia Hunt

BFA '06

Neil Blevins
Home town

Montreal

I currently hold a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. With a background in cultural geography, urban planning, and design, my multidisciplinary research focuses on vernacular creativity, communities, and difference in the city.

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What made you decide that Concordia’s DART/CART program was right for you?

Compared to other design programs, it offered a degree and allowed me to explore other courses through the university. I took lots of History of Architecture courses and ended up with a minor in Urban Studies as well.

Are there particular designers or professors that have influenced you?

Truth be told, Rhona has been a major influence on my approach to design and on my path, which veered towards the academic. She looks at the world through a critical eye and also with a sense of wonder. She has been a positive role model as a woman and mother as well.

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Do you have a background in any other fields?

Yes, I have a Master of Science in Planning with a specialisation in Urban Design from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Cultural Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London.

What are you trying to communicate with your design art/computation art?

I define myself as a designer for social justice — a collaborator, member and ally of I use design and visual communication in my work now to give voice to marginalised people and everyday materials that are often overlooked.

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Can you explain what your general creative process is like?

My creative process endeavours to be collaborative, sensitive, and research-based. I try to design/create/research with subjects instead of doing research on subjects or designing for them.

Do you have a favourite project?

It would probably be my PhD project, which was a visual ethnography of everyday marginalised commercial places in London -- like corner shops and souvenir kiosks. I ultimately produced a massive coffee table book which used the juxtaposition of photographs, field notes, and fabricated imagery to explore the complexity of the shops and their place in the city/world.

What kind of projects interest you most?

Projects that have a social justice underpinning and ones that are collaborative.

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