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

Research Interests: interdisciplinary design and representation | sociotechnical intuitions and representations of | 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 studying the institutional and technological frameworks that influence them. 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) 
: Arthur Rotch Special Prize for Highest Academic Achievement
: Graduate Women of Excellence Honoree, 2017
: CAMIT Grant, 2016
Washington University in St.Louis, MArch, 2012
: Faculty Book Award, 2012
: Laskey Fellowshi, 2010

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