This site documents a dusting of my work as a multidisciplinary designer and researcher. 

Research Interests: interdisciplinary design and representation | sociotechnical representations of minds, bodies, and spaces | participatory design technology | visual and material culture 

In my work, I develop ways to cultivate, analyze, and represent situated and embodied design practices across disciplines, while also studying the institutional and technological frameworks that affect their impact. My methodologies emerge from my engagement with the fields of Design, Architectural Design, Communication Studies, Cognitive Science, and Science & Technology Studies.

Samples of my work can be found here

Contact me at   asivakum [at]

I am currently a Ph.D student in Communication and Science Studies at UC-San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

Recent education:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

SMArch.S- Architectural Design, 2017 (w/coursework in Cognitive Science) 
: Recipient of the Arthur Rotch Special Prize for Highest Academic Achievement
: Graduate Women of Excellence Honoree, 2017
Washington University in St.Louis, MArch, 2012
: Recipient of the Faculty Book Award
: Recipient of the Laskey Fellowship

Recent professional experience:

: Architect, Flying Elephant Studio, Bangalore. 2013-2015.
: Lecturer, Washington University in St.Louis, 2012.