Rouzbeh Akhbari

WID Student Fellow

Photograph of Rouzbeh Akhbari

I am a 5th year Sculpture and Installation student in the Faculty of Art. I currently work as a peer tutor at the Writing & Learning Centre, a studio safety assistant in the woodshop and gallery attendant in the Student Gallery. My involvement with the WAC initiative began with my experiences tutoring first year students. I gradually developed an interest in creating a smoother transition from writing in non-studio contexts to university level writing for incoming students. As an artist and researcher I find writing to be closely intertwined with every aspect of my practice. It not only functions as a tool for critical reflection on my studio practice but also as a generative means for its further development. I often find myself using the results of my field and studio work as case studies for research papers and vice versa, employing theoretical findings in writing assignments as foundations for bodies of visual works. I find this seamless fusion of humanities, social sciences and research methodologies with creative studio work to be at the core of pedagogic approaches at OCADU. Writing is therefore constantly playing a significant role in how we learn and produce at this institution. It has been a pleasure to work with the Steering Committee and to ensure the student perspective is heard during the process of implementation.