Farouk Seif, Ph.D.

Farouk Seif, Ph.D.

Visiting Faculty

Farouk Y. Seif is Professor Emeritus of Whole Systems Design Graduate Program, a co-founder of the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle, and Visiting Faculty at Organization Systems Renewal, Seattle University.

He is a registered architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and design consultant. Dr. Seif is also founding Director of Isis Institute; the cross-cultural and environmental study in Egypt, where Journey into the Dawn of Time is one example of the institute’s professional activities.

Dr. Seif was born and raised in Egypt with a Coptic background, a descendent of ancient Egyptians. He immigrated to the USA in 1977 and became an American citizen in 1987. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1990. His doctoral dissertation — “Semiotics and Urban Morphogenesis: Metaphysical Aspects of Ancient Egyptian Monumentality as a Theoretical Approach to Urban Form” — is a transdisciplinary inquiry designed to reinterpret the ancient Egyptian experience for thoughtful reflections on modernity and postmodernity.

As an educator, architect, and artist, Dr. Seif has taught, presented, and lectured on design approach to social and cultural change, creative thinking, and visual communication in several universities and international conferences in Asia (China), Canada (Montreal and Vancouver), Europe (Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Spain, and Turkey), and in numerous cities in North America (USA and Canada). Notable is his contributions to semiotic conferences where Dr. Seif rubs elbows with many influential scholars, such as John Deely, Winfried Nöth, Eero Tarasti, to name a few.