Ahmed Ansari

Ahmed Ansari

PhD in Design


Ahmed Ansari taught courses in interaction and game design, in the philosophy of science and technology, and in cultural and media theory at several academic institutions in Karachi before coming to Pittsburgh to pursue his PhD in Design Studies.

Right now, he is involved in studying artificiality, especially in relation to ideas of immunology and excess, through the work of both contemporary Western philosophers like Peter Sloterdijk and Georges Bataille, and Eastern philosophers like Watsuji Tetsuro and Byun Chul Han. His aim is to provide a descriptive account of the neocolonial artificial, eventually outlining a practice of design that generates artificial pluriversality and differentiation, something that he believes is crucial to a successful practice of decolonial design.

Ahmed now teaches courses in applied systems thinking, cultural and critical theory, the philosophy of interaction and service design, and research methods to design students at CMU. A Fulbright scholar, he has an MDes in Interaction Design from CMU, and a BDes in Communication Design from IVSAA, Karachi.