Hala A Malak is an award winning design critic, curator, educator, researcher, strategist and Middle East expert with her own particular view of the world. Born in Beirut during the civil war, she grew up, worked and studied all over the world – Lebanon, USA, Canada, Dubai, Holland, Morocco, London and Paris. Her multicultural background is reflected in Hala’s versatile approach and she has continuously transcended stereotypes and challenged the status quo in her purpose for exploration and expression.
Hala is an avid art and music lover with a passion for positive social and environmental change, cultural identity investigation and the power of ideas through design. She holds graduate degrees from the School of Visual Arts in New York as well as HEC Paris. Speaker and published in the likes of Print Magazine, Design Indaba, Metropolis, AIGA, Beirut Design Week, NYC x Design, Smithsonian Media, Fruit of the Forest, SXSW and MOMA.
A cultural architect, Hala is dedicated to continuously changing mindsets and making a difference in her work; she was selected by Cadillac as part of the Dare Greatly, Arabs of New York campaign that celebrated passionate creatives who have jumped hurdles and dared to pursue their dreams in the big apple. She has also worked continuously with artists from the Middle East and Lebanon in collaboration with The Lebanese Consulate of New York as well as KAFLAB Foundation.
Hala is President of Design and Flow, a strategic design collective that facilitates actionable change by reframing design and empowering designers to positively impact the world. She is also an Associate Professor of Design Startegies as well as the Associate Director of Startegic Design and Management BBA program at Parsons School of Design in New York. She currently resides and works out of Brooklyn.