Joshua Ashish Dawson is an Indian-born, architect-trained World builder, Narrative designer, and award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. his work uses the language of cinema to critique the built environment by exploring themes such as water politics, resource extraction, and climate change. his films mix CGI with live-action to create fictional worlds that aim to get people to question their actions now and how they will affect the future. He gathers his knowledge of existing systems and models that define and affect our cities through travel expeditions, conversations with domain experts, and research. By posing a set of questions instead of suggesting solutions, his films aim to inspire change within one's lifestyles, values, beliefs, attitudes, and behavior.
​​​​​​​
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 where he studied and worked under Hollywood production designer Alex McDowell, founder of the World Building Institute. He has previously trained under Pritzker prize-winning architect BV Doshi. 

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 a worldbuilder for a currently unannounced Netflix series. 
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. 

Official Film Festival Selections:
2016: AnthropoScene Film Festival, Sydney
2018: Architecture Film Festival, Rotterdam
2019: Cinequest, San Jose, California
2019: Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisbon, Portugal
2019: Move Cine Arte, Sao Paolo, Brazil
2019: ArchCine Film Festival Rio de Janeiro
2019: Cinetekton Film Festival, Mexico
2020 & 2021: Fiber Festival, Amsterdam
2021: Chattanooga Film Festival, Tennessee
2021: Supernova, Denver Digital Art Festival, Colorado
2021 : Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival, Brooklyn

2021: Plokta Film Festival, Netherlands
2022: FedaxValdivia Film festival, Chile

awards:
2014: Kenneth johnson memorial scholarship (USC)
2016: Gesundheit travelling fellowship (usc)
2018: IGEN 50 architects and designers of 2018  changing our lifestyles and city skylines
2019: Jury Prize for best Science Fiction film at the Academy Award-qualifying
          Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California
​​​​​
lectures/talks:

2018: USC ARCHITECTURE GENERATION NEXT
2019: ARUP-SPECULATIVE FUTURES LA
2020: WORLD FUTURES SOCIETY - WORLD BUILDING
2020: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY - COLLECTIVE
           & CRITICAL DESIGN THINKING
2021: DIGITAL FUTURES - ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
2022: COMMUNICATION UNIVERSITY OF CHINA

Back to Top