MICA names first Game Designer-in-Residence - Technical.ly Baltimore

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Aug. 28, 2017 12:57 pm

MICA names first Game Designer-in-Residence

Lishan AZ will spend a year at the arts college. She's working on a game to connect riders on public transit.

Lishan AZ will be working at MICA'S Game Lab this year.

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MICA said Lishan AZ will be its first Game Designer-in-Residence.

AZ, who is originally from Silver Spring, will spend a year researching, creating and teaching at the arts college’s Game Lab.

“Lishan’s unique background working in tabletop, mixed reality, digital and community-based game projects highlights the diverse and powerful ways in which games can engage communities — which aligns closely with our program’s goals,” MICA Game Design Program Chair Jason Corace said in a statement.

The residency program is part of a wave of expansion for MICA’s game design program, which will also introduce a Bachelor of Fine Arts for the first time this fall. The Game Lab is housed in the Dolphin Design Center, which is also a new building.

During the residency, AZ will work on an interactive experience for public transit systems that seeks to connect users both through smartphones and non-digital tools. It’s designed to encourage a “warmer and more social atmosphere on Baltimore’s public transit,” according to a statement.

AZ, who was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for games this year, completed an MFA at the University of Southern California.

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Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Technical.ly Baltimore and Technical.ly DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.

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