Thomas Girard (BDes ‘05) is a 2019 recipient of an Emerging Scholar Award from the 13th International Conference on Design Principles + Practices, which will take place from March 1–3 in St Petersburg, Russia. The theme of this year’s conference is “Design and Context.”
At each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to “outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes.” This is Thomas’s third Emerging Scholar Award from the annual conference network Common Ground, which also organizes the The Arts in Society Conference; he was also honoured by the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation at the Spur Festival for Art, Politics and Ideas in 2014.
Thomas attended Emily Carr University and studied Communication Design, before working at tech giant Lenovo in Beijing as a Staff User Experience Designer. In 2015, he returned to Emily Carr as a Continuing Studies instructor, teaching Interaction Design courses. He has also taught as a sessional in the BDes interaction design program, and has been a guest lecturer at the Stuckeman School at Penn State.
Thomas is currently teaching mobile application design in the Interaction Design Certificate program, and considering graduate programs to advance his academic work in experimental design.