Areli is a Mexican strategic designer, facilitator, design researcher, and mentor.
She is passionate about challenging notions and contradictions of the practice of design by rethinking the way a situation is framed. At the moment, Areli is very intrigued with the intersections of design, capitalism, and decolonisation. Her practice overlaps between social and environmental areas using design strategy, systems thinking, respectful design, and community-centred design approaches with a strong multidisciplinary collaborative focus.
Through competitive research grants, fellowships, and teaching partnerships she has led research projects within a wide range of topics including social justice, environmental sustainability, circular economy, global crisis and humanitarian scenarios, decolonialisation of design practices, maternal health, children’s rights. Collaborations with industry partners include Australia Post, Alzheimer Victoria, Australian Red Cross, Utopia, Deloitte, Salvation Army, eBay, and Sustainability Victoria, Rotary Club, Amnesty International among others.