Joshua Ashish Dawson is an Indian-born, architect-trained World builder, Narrative designer, and award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He received a Master’s in Advanced Architectural Studies from the University of Southern California, where he was the recipient of the S. Kenneth Johnson Memorial Scholarship and a Gesundheit traveling fellow. His Master's thesis was advised by the BAFTA-nominated director Shekhar Kapur.
He has trained under Pritzker Prize-winning architect Balkrishna Doshi as well as Hollywood production designer Alex McDowell, founder of the World building Institute at USC. This combination has led him to explore the crafting of alternative future worlds as an allegorical device to critique and study the present-day conditions of the built environment through cinematic visualization. He serves as a Worldbuilder and conceptual design consultant on a number of productions in the film and television industry in Los Angeles including designs for guest musical performances for the Ellen Degeneres show and more recently an unannounced Science fiction anime series for Netflix.
Joshua’s films have been featured in both mainstream and architectural media outlets, including Vice Motherboard, Close-Up Culture, Director’s Notes, ArchDaily and Domus Italy. His work has been screened at renowned film festivals, TV Channels, and galleries across the globe such as the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Chattanooga Film Festival, Canal180, National Museum of Australia, and A+D Museum. Joshua was the recipient of the 2019 Jury Prize for best Science Fiction film at the Academy Award-qualifying Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California.