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Shawhin Roudbari studies contentious political engagement by design professionals. Through in-depth interviews, participant observation, and analyzing texts, he investigates ways dissenters shape and mobilizes power towards justice causes. While the focus of his work is on emerging activist groups and coalitions of designers, his research has led him to study community-engaged design as activism and counter-hegemonic movements by professionals.
And though his focus is on architects, these inquiries have led him to consider the work of landscape architects, planners, and civil and environmental engineers, as related spatial professions whose work, institutions, and activism often overlap with architecture. Roudbari's work contributes to histories and theories of architecture practice, social movements, and professions and relies on ethnographic methods. His current projects are on dissent in the design professions and the ethics of community engagement by designers.