Please join us in welcoming two new faculty members, each with their own global experience and unique expertise, to join our talented existing faculty roster!

Zenab Bastawala, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Zenab is an award-winning typographer, type designer/speaker, educator, and sign collector. She takes a multi-script and multi-lingual approach while teaching typography and design; most recently, at Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology. At Srishti, she founded Thinking Letterforms, a letterpress print lab where she conducts typesetting studios and workshops which focus on typography theory, book typography, printed text and elaborate on printing techniques from hot metal to cold type.

As a sign collector, she curates Sign Walks, an online platform that critically examines urban signages, their particular contexts, history, and implications within the temporal shifts of cityscapes. Zenab lectures on typography, branding, book design, and graphic design nationally and internationally.

Zenab Bastawala holds an MA Degree in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication Design from Swinburne University, Australia.

“Zenab, with her deep international experience and interest in diverse typographic systems, brings a valuable perspective to our community. Her enthusiasm for the field of design and her commitment to exploring the intersection of technology and visual communication coalesces perfectly with the college’s continuing growth in the areas of design and media. Her enthusiasm for the field and her love of design will be an inspiration to both our students and fellow faculty.” -- Ian Anderson, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the College


Patrick Coughlin, Associate Professor of Ceramics

Patrick Coughlin is an interdisciplinary American artist. He has exhibited work in China, Italy, Japan, and throughout the United States. Patrick was, most recently, a professor at Saint Joseph's University and at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Prior to Philadelphia, Patrick lived and worked in Jingdezhen, the ceramic center of China. He was an assistant in the design studio, working with local artisans to create ceramic designs for a global market and managing the Education Center, facilitating international exchange and instruction. 

Patrick has attended residencies in Japan, Italy, and across the United States. In addition, he has been a visiting lecturer at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, and TAFA-Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in Tianjin, China. Patrick was a year-long resident artist for the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in NYC, a 2021 Fleisher Wind Challenge recipient, and awarded a Windgate Fellowship from The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. 

“In Patrick we are thrilled to have found the rare educator who is firmly grounded in contemporary design and production, the deep history of ceramics, and fine arts practice. Patrick will continue MECA&D’s strong legacy in craft, art and design. His experience in international and domestic residency programs brings breadth to his enthusiastic approach to teaching.-- Ian Anderson, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the College