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Jacques Giard

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Asst Director & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Director & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Director & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Biography

Jacques R. Giard is Professor of Design in The Design School. Before coming to ASU he was director of the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Professor Giard received his undergraduate education in furniture design in Montreal (1969), graduate studies industrial design (engineering) in Birmingham, UK (1971), and a Ph.D. from Concordia University in Montreal (1987). Professor Giard began his professional design career in Canada with various design consultancies and manufacturers. He is the author of four books – Design FAQs, a university textbook on basic design; Designing: A Journey Through Time, The Handbook of Design for Sustainability, and The Contextual Nature of Design and Everyday Things. He also has had over 50 articles and papers published in various journals and magazines in North America, Europe, and Asia. He was the lead design researcher with Price-Waterhouse in a $500,000 Government of Canada investigation on the Canadian design sector (1995-96). Professor Giard was national president of the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers and a member of the organizing committee for the ICSID 97 Congress, The Humane Village. Along with several colleagues at ASU, Professor Giard has been a principal investigator in a USAID-funded project investigating design and micro-enterprises in Sonora, Mexico. He has been named Athena Professor of the year three times and nominated for ASU Professor of the Year twice.

Research Interests

Material culture as it appears in the artifacts of industrial design – past and present – is the prime area of scholarly interest for Professor Giard. His views on this topic were expressed in both Design FAQs and Designing: A Journey Through Time. Since the publication of The Handbook of Design for Sustainability this area of scholarly interest has become more focussed on the artifact culture of native cultures in North America and the lessons that contemporary industrial designers could learn from it.

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
IND 31620th-Century Design I
EPD 710Current Research in Design
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
IND 31620th-Century Design I
IND 598Special Topics
EPD 710Current Research in Design
EPD 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
IND 31720th-Century Design II
DSC 593Applied Project
EPD 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
IND 31620th-Century Design I
DSC 593Applied Project
EPD 792Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
IND 31720th-Century Design II
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
IND 31620th-Century Design I
IND 31720th-Century Design II
EPD 710Current Research in Design
EPD 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
DSC 520Contemporary Design Issues
DSC 584Internship
DSC 592Research
DSC 593Applied Project
DSC 599Thesis
EPD 790Reading and Conference
EPD 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
DSC 592Research
DSC 593Applied Project
DSC 599Thesis
EPD 690Reading and Conference
EPD 710Current Research in Design
EPD 792Research
EPD 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
EPD 792Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 101Design Awareness
IND 31720th-Century Design II
DSC 520Contemporary Design Issues
DSC 599Thesis
EPD 792Research