Shima Rabiee is both a fine artist and creative designer. She has practiced as a designer at collaborative design and planning firms in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, and Houston. As well as her design practice, she has been succeeding as a professional artist and abstract-realism painter, due to her unique style of capturing the essence of forms, and incorporating it into the mood and dynamics of her charcoal and oil paint artworks.
She earned her Master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor degree in Architecture. Parallel to teaching at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and leading the students with innovative and critical discussions in design studios, she has participated in a number of conferences and has published international papers. Her interest is engaging art as a fundamental element in design and representation process and making a conclusive discussion through it, that is functional, inspiring and necessary in design studios.