Rayan is an artist, designer, and educator whose interest in magic realism was developed during her architecture thesis. Her art combines her research and architectural background to imagine futuristic visuals deeply rooted in Sudan, the SWANA region, and their diasporas. It serves as a speculative design exploration of futuristic aesthetics that embrace our cultural heritage to challenge Euro-centric design principles.
In addition to her artistic pursuits, Rayan is also co-founder and director of Space Black, a creative studio of Black built-environment professionals dedicated to challenging conventional norms within the profession and promoting access to built-environment projects through research, outreach programmes, and cultural events. Rayan also teaches a BA Architecture unit at the University of Greenwich.
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