Parisa Tashakori
Teaching Assistant Professor • Associate Director, Strategic Communications Master's Program
Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design

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Parisa Tashakori, graphic designer and visual artist, is an instructor in CMCI's Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design department, with a specialization in design and visual art.

With over 20 years of experience in design, she has worn many hats including designer, project manager, exhibition curator, activist and artist. Throughout these roles, she has always been focused on social and cultural engagement, pushing the idea of collaboration as a tool for quality connections and meaningful changes.

She worked as an art director for international brands such as Unilever, Lipton and LUX and exchanged ideas with creative directors, copywriters, young designers and others in popular media fields when she lived in Tehran. Tashakori was a member of the board of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society (IGDS) and was in charge of the society’s exhibitions from 2012 to 2015.

Over 70 exhibitions in various countries have featured her work, which has received international awards. She has been a member of the jury for numerous competitions and festivals, and has organized and carried out various cultural projects and workshops, individually or jointly with her friends.

One of the aspects of teaching that excites her is the opportunity to collaborate with people from many cultures, generations and gender identities. In her classes, she aims to create a contagious sense of excitement through joyful teaching, playful tactile projects and engagement with real clients. Tashakori believes students should understand the true value of human-centered design, and how impactful it can be in their own lives and on the greater community and society. At the same time, Tashakori is passionate about interdisciplinary design. She believes the time of designers just working with other designers has come to an end. Throughout her experience she has observed that the ideas that emerge when designers reach out beyond their defined field are always more inspiring and revolutionary.