Aroussiak Gabrielian is an architectural and landscape architectural designer with a background in visual arts. She holds an M.L.A and M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania. An Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California, Aroussiak is currently pursuing her doctorate in the Media Arts + Practice program of the USC School Cinematic Arts, where she is focused on innovative applications of new cinematic media within landscape visualization and design. Her current research utilizes expanded cinematic media to develop new ways of reading and visualizing the spatial, situational, temporal, and tactile phenomena of landscape to interpret and structure sites.
Aroussiak is involved in various design projects as co-founder and director of foreground design agency (www.foreground-da.com), a transdisciplinary practice operating between the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and the arts. As part of foreground, she deploys design methodologies that use future scenarios as tools to better understand the present and that use design as a means of speculation.
Prior to initiating her own practice, Aroussiak worked as a lead designer at Snøhetta in New York City on various architectural and landscape architectural projects including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion and the Guadalajara Museum of Environmental Science. Aroussiak’s work has been recognized through various design awards, publications, and exhibits. She has practiced architecture and landscape architecture internationally and has taught at University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and University of Southern California.