Alex Lobos focuses in design, technology, neurodiversity, and emotional attachment as means to elevate quality of life. He is Professor and Director of School of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, in upstate New York. He is also a Visiting Fellow Emeritus at software company Autodesk, exploring the future of learning. Alex’s research covers several areas, including emotional design, sustainability, computer-aided design and interdisciplinary collaboration. These efforts have been funded by companies such as Autodesk, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, General Electric, Kraft, Makerbot, Staples, Stryker, Sun Products, Unilever and Wegmans. He lectures and teaches frequently throughout Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Alex is recipient of the Eisenhart Award, RIT’s highest recognition for teaching excellence. He is member of the Advisory Council for Autodesk University, has been a juror for the International Design Excellence (IDEA) Awards, Core77 Awards and the Ibero-American Design Biennial, and has also worked as industrial designer for General Electric. Alex was born in Guatemala, where he started his career as industrial designer, and in 2002 moved to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar. He holds a MFA from the University of Notre Dame and a BID from Universidad Rafael Landivar. He loves playing drums, long-distance running, and spending time with his family.
In the News
August 30, 2023
New School of Design director, faculty hires ready for 2023-24 academic year
The College of Art and Design welcomes new hires to its faculty roster while longtime faculty Alex Lobos assumes a role as director of the School of Design.
April 18, 2023
Student designs to be featured at Autodesk University
A current collaboration between RIT’s industrial design program and Autodesk will soon extend beyond the classroom, as Autodesk plans to manufacture student designs to be used at the company’s signature annual conference, Autodesk University.
March 10, 2023
Students benefit from interdisciplinary work during Emerging Creatives Student Summit
Students across the country, including four from RIT, came together last weekend to explore the question ‘what do we want our future to look like?’ during the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Emerging Creatives Student Summit.
November 10, 2020
Lobos’ lamp design included in Ibero American Design Biennial
September 19, 2019
Professor named Visiting Fellow
April 19, 2018
Staff and faculty recognized at Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship
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