Aziza Cyamani, IDSA


Aziza Cyamani, IDSA
IDSA Young Educator Award: 2022

Aziza Cyamani is Assistant Professor of Product Design in the department of Interior Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). For years, she has been a significant contributor to IDSA’s Women in Design and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, while also speaking to the adaptation of design education through the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cyamani is a multidisciplinary designer with specialized training in user-centered design, visual communication, product development, and sustainable systems. She received her master's degrees in Industrial Design and Sustainable Environments from Iowa State University and has taught at Kansas State University and Iowa State University.  

At UNL, she has proposed a comprehensive plan of curricular re-development to build a more robust Product Design minor, with enough curricular flexibility to include students earning degrees in several programs across campus. She has done this by identifying core learning outcomes, knowledge domains, and skill development as appropriate for students pursuing a minor with various degrees of competency, from beginner to advanced understanding. 

Cyamani co-edited IDSA’s annual Education issue of INNOVATION magazine in 2021, developing and co-writing a series highlighting the diverse voices of academia on mainstream industrial design issues. Additionally, she co-emceed IDSA’s Education Symposium in 2020 and 2021 and served as an IDEA juror in 2021 and 2022. 

This is all on top of Cyamani's work at UNL, where she has successfully introduced and connected students to globally complex problems—such as sustainable agricultural practices in Africa—in ways that have rendered purposeful and innovative design solutions. 

“Aziza has demonstrated a passion for and commitment to teaching excellence in the classroom and through co-curricular development,” says Lindsay Bahe, Associate Professor and Director of the Interior Design Program at UNL. “As a 17-year veteran educator, I have found Aziza’s ability to communicate and craft a disciplinary learning framework for a minor program to be remarkable.” 

Says one of Cyamani’s former students, Lizeth Sustaita-Delgado, “Aziza cares deeply about empowering students and about the issues of diversity and inclusion that concern us...She is an important role model in my life as an industrial design student and as a person." ​