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Gregory Turner-Rahman

Gregory Turner-Rahman

Associate Professor


AAS 122C



Mailing Address

Art and Design program 
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, ID 83844-2471

Dr. Turner-Rahman’s current research and creative activity explores both the intersections of physical and virtual spaces and visual and experiential storytelling. He has studied design communities from within as his professional experience spans over twenty years and the disciplines of graphic and interface design, web development, and industrial design. As a member of a creative team, he garnered Apex and Clarion awards for writing and design work. He also writes and illustrates children's books.


Greg has been published in The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, and The Journal of Design History. With Dave Gottwald, he was the recipient of the 2019 Design Incubation Writing Fellowship and both the 2021 and 2020 Constructed Environment International Award for Excellence for their collaborations. Their book, Theme Parks, Video Games, and Evolving Notions of Space: The End of Architecture is forthcoming from Intellect Books / The University of Chicago Press. The book charts a freshly interwoven history of animation, film, theming, gamespaces, and virtual reality. Greg is also co-editor and a contributor for Virtual Interiorities, forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon ETC Press. The collection links ongoing discussions in the humanities, film, game studies, architecture, and design disciplines under the aegis of what “virtual” means in a socio-spatial context.

  • Ph.D. Interdisciplinary, Visual Culture/New Media, Washington State University, 2004
  • M.S. Architecture, Washington State University, 1996
  • B.F.A. Industrial Design, University of Washington, 1994

  • Visual and Experiential Storytelling
  • Creative Communities
  • Amateur Practices
  • Illustration

  • Turner-Rahman, G.S., (2012). "Abductive Authorship of the New Media Artifact" in Media Authorship, Chris, C. and Gerstner, D. (eds.). New York: Routledge.
  • Exhibit - University of Idaho Faculty Recent Works. Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow, Idaho, 2011.
  • Turner-Rahman, G. (2009). Ellabug. Clarksville, Tennessee: Diversion Press, Inc.
  • Turner-Rahman, G. S., (2008) Parallel Practices and the Dialectics of Open Creative Production. Journal of Design History (21:371-386).
  • Turner-Rahman, G. S. (2008). Doing – Making – Meaning, International Conference on Critical Literacy in Visual Culture, Dallas, Texas.
  • Turner-Rahman, G. S. (2008). The Machinimatic Moment, Electronic Literature Organization Conference, Vancouver, Washington: Electronic Literature Organization.

*See cv for full list of publications and creative activities

  • Illustrations - New Yorker Magazine online (February 2008). “Eustace’s Three - Ounce Quandary.”
  • Scholarly Presentations - Turner-Rahman, G. S. (Presenter & Author), Jacobson, J. (Presenter & Author), Using Vision to Think Seminar, "Visual Reasoning," Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Washington State University. (Sept. 27, 2007).
  • Exhibit - University of Idaho Faculty Recent Works. Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow, Idaho. 2009.

Art & Design

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, ID

Phone: 208-885-4409

Fax: 208-885-9428