Carleton University’s Thomas Garvey Joins the World Design Organization’s Board of Directors

Thomas Garvey, an associate professor in the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University, has been elected as a member of the World Design Organization’s new 2017-2019 board of directors at the 30th General Assembly held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Torino, Italy.

Garvey is one of nine board members from among 19 nominees around the world, including people with educational, professional, promotional and corporate backgrounds.

The World Design Organization (WDO) is an international non-governmental association that promotes industrial design as a profession and a solution to problems worldwide ranging from economic and social to environmental issues.

The new board will pursue several projects, including the World Design Agenda, which is structured around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The project aims to improve international development by embracing the 17 goals through the lens of industrial design. The organization will recommend solutions for the community to contribute to UN objectives.

About Thomas Garvey:

Thomas Garvey was the director of the School of Industrial Design at Carleton from 2007 to 2017. He actively developed a relationship with the World Design Organization, promoting Carleton’s students and its programs. Garvey also worked on the organization’s education committee.

Garvey’s research focuses on industrial design for extreme and minimal environments, small-scale living spaces and urban density, integration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in design curricula, and international collaborations.

Garvey graduated from Carleton with a Bachelor of Industrial Design. He obtained an MSc in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in New York and a PhD in Architectural Planning from the University of Tokyo.

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