DSI Congratulations to our Paula Rhodes Award Recipients!


Haya Shaath comes from a family of cultural wanderers. She grew up in Riyadh influenced by Saudi cultures, her Palestinian heritage, and educational experiences at both British and American international schools. She traveled to the Philippines in high school, which planted an altruistic seed in her, and later moved to London, where she earned BA in Geography from King’s College. At King’s, she conducted two research projects – one in India, and another in Saudi Arabia – that, in addition to sharpening her design skills, taught her about the formation of communities and gender roles. Haya is also interested in art and the creative process and recently worked with Edge of Arabia, an arts initiative promoting contemporary art in the Arabian Gulf.

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