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Ahlam Bavi

MA Professor
250 753-3245

Areas of Focus

  • Design and Creative Thinking, Creative Concept Development
  • 3D Modeling, 3D Scanning, and 3D Printing, Digital Remediation
  • Cultural Studies, Digitization, Digital Storytelling, Gamification and Game Design
  • Digital Accessibility, Universal Design (UD), User-Centered Design (UCD)

Teaching Focus

  • Cultural Studies
  • Web, Video Production
  • UX and UI
  • 2D & 3D Design
  • Project Management


PhD, University of British Columbia (Digital Art and Humanities) (ABD)


Ahlam Bavi is a media educator and digital artist specializing in digitization of cultural heritage through 3D technologies, design, and digital humanities research. Her expertise lies in enhancing accessibility to cultural heritage and preserving its significance for First Nation and marginalized communities through innovative solutions. Beyond academia, she expresses her creativity as a visual artist, utilizing 3D printing technology to craft captivating sculptures that defy conventional artistic boundaries. Ahlam leads the way in reimagining artwork to achieve heightened accessibility. Her ingenious design remediation techniques encompass tactile 3D-printed reliefs, graphics, images, and interactive audio. Through this innovative approach, she catalyzes inclusivity, fostering engagement among diverse audiences. Ahlam's varied instructional skills encompass digital Media Studies Methods, underscoring her analytical and adaptable teaching approach.

Selected Research

2022 Bavi, A. Gupta. N. “Gamification of digital heritage as an approach to improving museum and art gallery engagement for blind and partially sighted visitors”. Accepted for publication in Archaeologies.

2009 Ghoseiri K., Bavi A., Ghoseiri G. “The effect of mechanical vibration on body balance in patients with Parkinson's disease,” Iranian Journal of Ageing, 4(11). Available Online at

Selected Presentations

2023- September ‘Improving Community Engagement For Blind And Partially Sighted Visitors In Museums And Art Galleries Through Gamification Of Digital Heritage”, Sixteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Vancouver, Canada

2022-November "Museums and Accessibility" Ahlam Bavi. Access, Inclusion, and Disability: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners Seminar Series, Carleton University Disability Research Group, Ottawa, Canada.

2022-November "The Learning Design Intern Program: Situating Graduate Students as partners during the COVID pandemic" Cindy Bourne, Ahlam Bavi, et al. The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada.

2022-May "Disability in Museum Visitor – Case Study: Blind and Partially Sighted," Ahlam Bavi, Doctoral Symposium during the AIMAC 2022 Conference, Mexico City, Mexico. (Could not present because of Covid)

2021-December "Digitization of Cultural heritage – Canadian Indigenous Artworks," Ahlam Bavi. Access, Inclusion, and Disability: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners Seminar Series, Carleton University Disability Research Group, Ottawa, Canada.

2020-October "Press Play: Enabling Creative Undergraduate Participation in Digital Research," Ahlam Bavi, Charlotte Tupman, Karis Shearer, Emily Murphy, Digital Humanities Conference, Public Humanities Hub, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

2020-October "Remediating Islamite Art using 3D Printing for Low-vision Audiences", Ahlam Bavi, Hussein Keshani, Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada,

2017-July "Computer algorithm classified artwork for generative design" Ahlam Bavi, Ming Xi Tang, Yaghub Ajand, Ahmad Alasti, Proceedings of the Generative Art Conference GA2017, Ravenna, Italy.

2017-June "Designing cultural furniture inspired by Chines calligraphy" Ahlam Bavi, Ming Xi Tang, Museum and Cultural Symposium, Beijing University, Beijing, China