My name is Aram Saroyan Armstrong. I am a systems thinker, design educator, and creative facilitator.
I am passionate about addressing the systemic challenges facing society. I have been blessed to have been deeply immersed in Hawaiiʻs food system and education system over the last two years, operating at the grassroots level as a practitioner, and at the 100,000 foot level as a visual strategist.
Last year, I worked with UH Maui College to understand the systemic challenges at the root of Hawaiiʻs shortage of STEM teachers for TeachSTEMinHawaii.
I am working with a team of academics, researchers, and designers to develop a state-wide food system map for Transforming Hawaiiʻs Food System Together.
I also volunteer Save Maui Wetlands, the Honomanū Restoration project, and Maui Mediation Services.
In 2019, I was an embedded strategist and design sprint facilitator at Starbucks working between the digital marketing team, the UX design and iOS mobile app development teams with Starbucks' human-centered design team.
In 2013-2015, I was a core member of Fung Academy leading knowledge sharing, innovation and experimentation initiatives within the Fung Group’s leadership development programs as a designer, innovation coach, and workshop facilitator.
I spent 7 years at IDEO as an Interaction Designer doing design and research for new products, services and experiences for a wide range of organizations including American telecoms, Chinese manufacturers, and both the US and Singaporean governments.
I have worked and taught internationally with students and clients from across South America, Asia, Europe, the US and Australia gaining fluency in drivers of change and culture.
I hold a Master's degree in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy, and a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in Interactive Media from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Outside of the studio, I achieved my light green cord in capoeira angola at Seattle Capoeira Center under Grand Mestre Nô and Mestre Mangangá. I was attuned to reiki level 3 by Daisy Thompson at Northwest Healing Studio in Seattle, and I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Durga’s Tiger School in Ecuador under the guidance of Iris Disseʻs team.
I have 25 years of professional experience working at the cutting edge of media, technology, and design in multinational-multicultural environments.
I feel this makes me a uniquely qualified, informed, and inspired as a son of Maui and a student of the World to be a powerful, caring catalyst for the transformation Maui County needs to thrive in the 21st Century.
Mahalo for your time, attention, and kind consideration.
Aram Saroyan Armstrong