Mitra Mansour is a Vancouver-based Interdisciplinary Designer, Creative Strategist, Researcher, Facilitator and Project Coordinator with a background in Art, Communication, Architecture and Urban Design.
She is the founder of Creative Room, a collaborative interdisciplinary design studio and on-going research laboratory for cooperative creative studio business. Currently she is the Director of Community Engagement and Facilitator with the Vancouver Design Nerds, Co-director and curator of Civic Renewal Lab, and a member of the City of Vancouver Public Art Committee and liaison to the Arts and Culture Policy Council.
Mansour's practice has led her to the creation of and advocacy for better design through community engagement, social impact design, and public interest design with a focus on sustainable environments and models.
Her current work includes Mobile Town Hall (MoTH) - a mobile pop-up citizen-led initiative and structure designed to foster more meaningful dialogue between community members and city hall (Town Hall 2.0). She is also working on developing and establishing the Mini Design Nerds (an 'offspring' - pardon the pun - of the Design Nerds) : if you would like to get involved (curriculum planning and pedagogy, strategy design, facilitation of workshops, partnering up as a school and/or teacher) please get in touch.
Mansour is a serial volunteer having devoted her time to the Lower Mainland community for the past 20 years working with arts + cultural institutions, women's advocacy groups, affordable housing & sustainable community development initiatives, as well as youth groups, and through mentoring + advising design students.
Through her work, leading workshops and speaking engagements, Mansour has had the wonderful opportunity to foster collaboration with members of the art, design, media, medical, policy+planning, political, business, and sustainability communities.