Toban Shadlyn




ABOUT

Toban is a designer, educator, and researcher with a background in interior architecture and strategic design.

Currently, she is a Strategic Design Lead at Rhode Island School of Design’s Center for Complexity (CfC), a project-based studio applying creative practices to complex and systemic challenges. She leads the Opioids, Care, and Addiction work, a multi-year effort in collaboration with various stakeholders including public health researchers, people who use drugs, government officials, and community organizations to design healing and compassionate systems of care.

In 2019, she co-founded mainstay, RI – a think tank and advocacy group working to redesign the environments of care for people impacted by the overdose crisis.

Toban works with numerous public sector and government organizations. She has worked with the Rhode Island Office of Innovation to develop and facilitate an educational program for state employees to work across departments on shared challenges. She helped lead Rhode Island’s Future Libraries initiative funded by the Knight Foundation to reimagine and redesign libraries for the 21st Century. In 2020, she supported efforts with the United Nations Development Program and the UN VietNam office in developing strategies for the country's shift towards a Circular Economy.

As an educator, Toban has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Michigan. She has lectured and is a guest critic at academic institutions including the Royal College of Art in London and the Istituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona.

Previously, Toban worked as an architectural designer specializing in adaptive reuse projects for residential, commercial and civic spaces. She holds a Master of Design in Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Now based in Barcelona, Spain. 





CV

Education & Certifications
2018 
Master of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Interior Architecture Adaptive Reuse

2014 
Bachelor of Science, University of Alberta, Human Ecology

2013 
Certificate, Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona, Fashion Trends and Coolhunting

2020 
CITI Program (Lifespan Corporation) Human Research, Social and Behavioral Research Certificate




Professional Practice
2018-2022 
Strategic Designer & Researcher, Center for Complexity Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI USA

2020-2021
Freelance Designer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Vietnam, Snowcone and Haystack, Hanoi Vietnam

2019-Present
Co-founder, mainstay RI, Providence RI USA

2017-2018
Strategic Designer, Rhode Island Office of Innovation, Providence RI USA

2017
Architectural Design Intern, Praud Office, Seoul South Korea

2017-2018
Graduate Research Fellow, Institute for Design and Public Policy RISD, Providence RI USA

2014-2016
Interior Designer, Revolving Rooms Interior Design, Edmonton AB Canada



Academic Practice
2022 
LEO Intermittent Lecturer, Urban Technology, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI USA

2018-Present
Studio Instructor, Center for Complexity, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI USA

2018-Present
Co-faculty of the Strategic Design Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI USA

2018-Present
Thesis Advisor, Critic, and Lecturer, Department of Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI USA

2018-2021
Studio Critic, Department of Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI USA

2018
Co-facilitator, Innovation League, Rhode Island Office of Innovation, Providence RI USA

2016-2017
Teaching Assistant, Department of Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI USA



Courses Taught
Spring 2022
Incomplete City, Urban Technology, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Spring 2022
Design Beyond Crisis: Harm Reduction Centers, Rhode Island School of Design Center for Complexity, Providence RI

Fall 2019
Future of Mobility, Rhode Island School of Design Strategic Design Program, Providence India

Spring 2019
Financial Infrastructure and Inclusion, Rhode Island School of Design Strategic Design Program, Mysore India

Winter 2019
Future of Food, Rhode Island School of Design Strategic Design Program, Mysore India

Fall 2018
Future of Healthcare, Rhode Island School of Design Strategic Design Program, Providence RI

Summer 2018
Human and Societal Wellbeing, Rhode Island School of Design Strategic Design Program, Providence RI

Summer 2017
Hybrid Housing, Teaching Assistant, Interior Architecture Department, RISD, Seoul South Korea



Lectures & Workshops
2022 
Practitioner Talk, Lecture, Future Thinking and Innovation, Institute Europeo di Design, Barcelona Spain

2022
Research Methodologies, Lecture, Trends Investigation, Institute Europeo di Design, Barcelona Spain

2022
The Role of Design Research in the World of Medical Science, Conference Presentation, Design Research Society, Bilbao Spain

2022
Practitioner Talk, Lecture, Service Design Programme, Royal College of Art, London England (remote)

2021
Developing Community of Practice, Lecture, UNDP Vietnam, Hanoi Vietnam (remote)

2021
UNDP Vietnam Deep Demo: Circular Economy, Workshop, UNDP Vietnam, Hanoi Vietnam (remote)

2021
Opioid Hackathon, Panelist, Center of Biomedical Research on Excellence (COBRE), Providence RI

2020-Ongoing
Design Research Methodologies, Interior Architecture Department, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI

2020
Developing a Center for Arts and Health in Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design Center for Complexity, Providence RI

2020-Ongoing
Design Thesis, Interior Architecture Department, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI

2020
mainstay RI: Developing a Cross-disciplinary Understanding of Care Practices and Spaces, Lecture, Symposium on Substance Use Research

2018 
Cyber Security, Co-facilitator, Rhode Island School of Design Institute for Design and Public Policy

2018
Drug Trafficking, Co-facilitator, Rhode Island School of Design Institute for Design and Public Policy

2017 
Libraries for the 21st Century, Rhode Island Public Libraries, Westerly RI

2017
Gassed Out, Pecha Kucha, Providence RI



Invited Design Critic
2022  
Future Thinking and Innovation, Institute Europeo di Design, Barcelona Spain (John V. Willshire)

2022
Trends Investigation, Institute Europeo di Design, Barcelona Spain (Christina Bifano)

2021
Thesis Review, RISD Interior Architecture (Elizabeth Debs)

2021
Design Studio, RISD Interior Architecture (Patricia Roka)

2021  
Narrative Environments Studio, RISD Interior Architecture (Dorian Juncewicz)

2021  
Innovation Studio, RISD Industrial Design (Charlie Cannon)

2020  
Design Thesis Studio, RISD Interior Architecture (Markus Berger & Wolfgang Rudolf)

2020
Design Studio, RISD Industrial Design (Khipra Nichols)

2019  
Design Studio, RISD Interior Architecture (Jeffrey Katz)

2019
Summer Design studio, RISD Interior Architecture



Press & Publications
2022 (forthcoming) 
A Marriage in Practice: The role of design research in the world of medical science, Publication, Design Research Society Conference, Bilbao, June, 2022

2022 
Why RISD students are designing spaces for people to safely do drugs, Press, Fast Company, June 1, 2022

2022 
Innovative RISD projects tackle opioid crisis and stigma through design, Press, Providence Journal, May 28, 2022

2022 
How artists could play a role in harm reduction centers, Press, Boston Globe, May 16, 2022

2022  
Replace stigma with compassion: RISD students reimagine better approaches to drug addiction, Press, Providence Journal, May 15, 2022

2021 
Equitable Futures Studio: Opioids, Care, & Addiction – Final Report, co-author, Rhode Island School of Design Center for Complexity

2021  
Generation C, editor, Rhode Island School of Design Center for Complexity

2020 
Center for Arts and Health in Rhode Island, author and editor, Rhode Island School of Design Center for Complexity

2020  
Planning for a Post-Pandemic World”, Press, RISD News

2019  
New Modes of Inquiry”, Press, RISD News

2018  
StudioRhode: Toolkit for Next-Generation Libraries”, Book, Office of Library and Information Services and Rhode Island Office of Innovation

2018 
RISD Alums at Global Grad Show”, Press, Our RISD

2018  
GASSED OUT, author, Rhode Island School of Design Digital Commons 

2017 
Volume 8 Water As Catalyst, editor. IntIAR, the journal of Interventions and Adaptive Reuse


Exhibitions
2021  
Carry Forward, Symposium Curator, Rhode Island School of Design Center for Complexity, Providence RI

2020  
Generation C, Symposium Curator, Rhode Island School of Design Center for Complexity, Providence RI

2019  
Rhode Island School of Design Interior Architecture Biennale, Exhibited Project Gassed Out, Providence, RI, 2019

2018 
Dubai Global Grad Show, Exhibited Project Gassed Out, Dubai UAE

2018 
Rhode Island School of Design Grad Show, Exhibited Project Gassed Out, Providence RI



Board Service & Volunteer
2021-ongoing 
Harm Reduction Center Committee, Providence RI USA

2021   
Rhode Island Community for Addiction and Recovery Services (RICARES), Providence RI USA

2021-ongoing 
Women in Innovation (WIN) 

2015-2016 
M.A.D.E (Media, Architecture, and Design in Edmonton), Edmonton AB Canada

2014-2016 
Edmonton Next Gen, Edmonton AB Canada