Founding Partner

SHASHI CAAN

FoIFI, FRSA, FCIDI, Hon FASID, Hon FBID, Hon FDIA

A practitioner, design futurist, educator and author, Shashi Caan is dedicated to furthering human betterment through and by design.

Co-founder and leader of the SC COLLECTIVE (2002), Shashi is also the Co-Founder and President of GloWD (Globally We Design), an international thought leadership platform and independent design futures think tank, through which her ReDesignEd Educators Forum facilitated the Universal Design Education Charter in 2018 and the 2019 Johannesburg Declaration. Shashi is formerly Associate Partner and Design Director with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) in New York and Chair of the Interior Design Department at Parsons, the New School for Design.

Currently the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) Chief Executive Officer on the Executive Committee of the Executive Board, and a former two-term President, Shashi has been recognized as a Fellow of IFI and Fellow of Royal Society of the Arts, UK. She holds honorary fellowships from the Australian Institute of Designers, the British Institute of Interior Design, as well as the American Society of Interior Design.

Amongst her many awards and accolades for design projects and design leadership across the world, she was Contract Magazine's US Designer of the Year (2004), granted the Golden Seat Architectural Master Award of China (2012), and appointed JDP Design Ambassador to Japan (2013). Her seminal book, Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment (2011), has been translated into multiple languages.

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