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Dr. Guido Alvarez
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of MAD
office: CC512

Personal blog/website

Guido Alvarez was born in Cuenca, Ecuador where he obtained his BFA in crafts and graphic design from Universidad Del Azuay.
At 28 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study a MFA in Visual Communication and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. 
He has served roles as assistant professor of Design, Art, Animation, and Photography for several institutions in USA, Ecuador and China. He has also served as program director in Quito, Ecuador.
In 2015 Alvarez completed his PhD with research focused on cyborg theory and hyper-reality. He then moved to China to work for Wenzhou-Kean University as well as online instructor of Design Thinking and Innovation for Laureate Education Corporation.
His research interest focuses on cross-cultural and multilingual communication design as well as in experiential learning.

 

Professional Experience:

Assistant professor of Media Arts and Design (MAD) for United International College

Assistant professor of Graphic Design at Saint Cloud State University

Design Thinking instructor (online) at Laureate Education Corporation

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, China.

Academic Director of Industrial Design at Universidad de las Americas, Quito, Ecuador.

Assistant Professor of New Media Arts at Saint Olaf College, Northfield, USA

Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.

Current Research:

Mural Art at Venice Beach, California.  

Academic activities:

  1. Montreal, Canada.

       WORLD DESIGN SUMMIT, PRESENTATION: DECOLONIZING DESIGN.

Cross-cultural Typographic Education or How to Disrespect Technology.

Selected Publications:

Publications/ Exhibtion / Curation

WHEN

WHAT

WHERE

2017

WORLD DESIGN SUMMIT, PRESENTATION: DECOLONIZING DESIGN.

Cross-cultural Typographic Education or How to Disrespect Technology.

USA

2015

AVATAR, CYBORG, ICEVORG: SIMULACRA’S SCION. Doctoral dissertation.

USA

2008

Soul Hunting: The ultimate user’s guide on how to capture souls and keep them in electronic Paper- back), VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (December 3, 2008) English. ISBN-10: 3639106938.

USA

2008

Breakthrough_typoetry (Paperback), HyperScholar Inc. (January 1, 2008). ASIN: B002AD4510. [self-published]

USA

2008

Cyborg Art: Génesis (Volume 1) (Paperback.) CreateSpace (November 6, 2008). English. ISBN-10: 1440460183. [self-published]

USA

2008

Cyborg Art Genesis: Two universally untold stories (Kindle Edition). File Size: 1544. CreateSpace; 1 edition (August 26, 2008) Sold by: Amazon Digital Services. English. ASIN: B001NMUGXA.

Ecuador

2008

SELF. Ovenden Contemporary (Art Promotions). A collection of self-portraits from all over the world. United Kingdom. 2009. David Gardener and Andrea Wilkinson. Ramp Press, Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology); First Edition edition (October 2, 2008) [contributor]

Ecuador

2008

LogoLounge 4: 2000 International Identities by Leading Designers (v. 4) (Hardcover) Catharine Fishel, Bill Gardner. Rockport Publishers (March 1, 2008) [contributor]

Ecuador

2006

LogoLounge 3: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers (v. 3) (Hardcover). Rockport Publishers. Catharine Fishel ,Bill Gardner. Rockport Publishers (October 1, 2006) [contributor]

Ecuador

Grants and Projects:

PhD dissertation

https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/4026/

MFA in Design thesis

https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/1069/

Awards and Honors:

 Awards and Certificate Awards / Honors

WHEN

WHAT

WHERE

2010

Self-portrait work included in SELF exhibition. OVENDEN CONTEMPORARY ART.

U.K.

2009

Logo designed for “Center of Andean Freedoms” is included in LOGO LOUNGE 5

USA

2008

WHO IS WHO, One of VCU’s students included in the list of best students in American Universities

USA

2007

GTA and scholarship to gain candidacy status in the MATX PhD program at VCU

USA

2007

Logo designed for “La Hacienda” Montessori Kindergarten in included in LOGO LOUNGE 4

USA

2006

Quito, Ecuador’s capital poster to celebrate its foundation competition. First prize.

Ecuador

2006

Euromerican cinema festival: CERO LATITUD, National poster design competition Juried exhibition.

Ecuador

2006

Paris Biennale official exhibition in Ecuador, LEYENDAS DESLINEALES. Work produced as team work with students is accepted for exhibition.

Ecuador

2006

University of Reading official acceptance to join their Ph.D. in Typography. Offer rejected to join Ph.D. in Virginia.

Ecuador

2006

Culturbano design competition. Third prize.

Ecuador

2005

Euromerican cinema festival: CERO LATITUD, National poster design competition Juried exhibition. Honorable mention.

Ecuador

2005

Festival Uno, First national advertising festival. Silver prize in category “Socially conscious design”

Ecuador

2005

“Ekecheria’ Art Exhibition on occasion of the 2004 Olympics responding to the concept of “Truce”. Juried exhibition.

USA

2001

Janou Pakter Award for Design by World Studio Foundation

USA

2000

HEINEKEN Beermat international competition winner and runner up for three times in various versions of this competition.

USA

1999

Fulbright Scholarship awarded by the Congress of the United States to pursue a Master Degree Program.

USA