Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia

PhD in Transition Design

Luis is a Teaching Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design. He is also a Teaching Consultant Fellow at the Eberly Center, where he works with graduate student instructors and postdoctoral fellows to implement evidence-based strategies to improve their teaching. 

He is an Ecuadorian designer interested in the intersection of design and the public sector, and he seeks to understand how to develop design capacities in non-designers to support collaborative processes tackling wicked problems. He wants to contribute to the reimagining of design education and challenge the dominant perspectives in the field. 

He has worked for the Ecuadorian Corporation for the Development of Research and Academia (CEDIA) and the German Cooperation Agency GIZ, supporting two open innovation processes focused on sustainable urban mobility with national reach. In 2019, he was part of a multidisciplinary team that monitored and proposed solutions for a new public bike-sharing system in Cuenca, Ecuador. He has been part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) through the Research Jam program. The program collaborates with community members, patients, care providers, and other researchers using people-centered design research to improve health research, services, and quality of life.

As a Fulbright scholar, Luis studied an MFA focused on Design Research and Strategy from Indiana University, Indianapolis, and has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Cuenca. While an undergraduate student, Luis was part of the university Honors Program, coordinated in collaboration with the Belgian University of Leuven, a multidisciplinary initiative that offered students dedicated training in scientific research approaches and methods.

Research interests include:

  • Pluriversal Futures for Design Education
  • Participatory design and co-production for social transformations
  • Latin American communities' response to systemic neglect from the state

Design Studies courses I teach: 

  • Persuasion
  • Cultures