Arotin Hartounian


Hello. I’m Arotin Hartounian. Born in Iran, immigrating to the US at 9, I have always been consciously grateful to grow up in the creative and cultural diversity of Los Angeles. Throughout many years of creative exploration, three passions have become most prominent in my life: visualizing ideas through sketching, observing and analysing large group dynamics and the future of a sustainable world through economics, environment and equity. From the macro to the micro, I love exploring opportunities and crafting strategies that strengthen connections with people and create opportunities for positive engagement.

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    Los Angeles Innovation Team at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office
    Design Fellow
    Los Angeles - 01/19/19 - 04/30/19

    Human Systems Engineering Innovation Framework (H-SEIF Project)
    Research Assistant
    Oslo - 09/14/18 - 12/14/118

    Artist & Designer
    Los Angeles - 2011 - current

    ArtCenter’s Ecocouncil
    Pasadena - 8 terms


    ArtCenter College of Design
    Product Design, Spring 2015 - Summer 2019,

    The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
    Systems Oriented Design
    Oslo, Norway, August 2018 - December 2018,

    INSEAD Business School
    Innovation By Design Program
    Singapore, 04/24/18 - 05/03/18,

    Sustainable Summer School
    Summer Intensive
    Jüchen, Germany, 08/20/18 - 08/28/18,

    Pasadena City College
    Illustration Major
    Pasadena, Fall 2009 - Spring 2014,

    California State Summer School for the Arts
    Painting Major
    Valencia, July 2008,

    Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
    Summer Art Intensive
    Colorado Springs, June 2008,

  • Awards

    ArtCenter Student Leadership Award
    Summer 2019
    In recognition of Student Leadership

    The Young Ones
    In recognition of Merit Award in Product Design: Children’s Category
    May 2019

    AHO Works
    AHO & Making Waves
    In recognition of Engaging Depths
    Nominated Best in Service Design - Jan 2018

    “Tomorrow Today”
    Pasadena Museum of California Art
    In recognition of Exhibition Winner

    California Scholar of the Arts
    California Governor's Office
    In recognition of Excellence in Artistic Scholarship

    2018 Ebell Scholar
    ArtCenter Scholarship Entrance Scholarship 2015
    William B. Major Scholarship for Excellence in Illustration 2014