Laureen Andalib (Arabic: عَنْدَلِيب; b. 1995, San Francisco) is an award-winning research scholar, urbanist, and designer. She is passionate about equipping communities with the right tools for restoration, independence, and resilience through design (built environment, humanitarian toolkits, design thinking), social innovation strategies, impact ventures, and creative-resilient business models that empower local makers, communities, and the developing world. Her particular interests are in education, housing, and entrepreneurship.
Her art practice platforms empathy, cultural identity, and the cognitive era in alignment with the life-cycles of precarious borders, human conditions, nationalisms, and international affairs.
She graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a BFA in Fine Arts where she concentrated in Film, Art & Architectural History, and Urban Studies.
Andalib's research has addressed the psychology of cities and spaces, trans-generational trauma related to post-war societies, and urban distress versus revitalization to centralize user experience and memory. Her past exhibitions reflect her experiences in Rome, Sarajevo and Mostar, Belgrade, Dhaka and Rangpur City: post-war cities that inspire her work, and further her documentation of her own family's diaries and reversals of power between conflict resolution states and forced migration.
Andalib is a U.S. Rhodes Scholar finalist (2017), and winner of the U.S. Humanities Prize (Stanford University, 2016).
Since 2019, she lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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U.S. Rhodes Scholarship Nominee, University of Oxford (2017)
U.S. National Humanities Prize Winner, Stanford University (2016)
Cornell University Presidential Research Scholar, 2013-17