Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Design Studies
M. Des. (Alberta)
11-425N, Allard Hall11110-104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-497-5647
Robert plays a leadership role in the design community through his teaching, work and research. He is currently an assistant professor in and coordinator of the Design Studies program at MacEwan University with a teaching focus in user experience design. Previous to his appointment at MacEwan, Robert taught part-time as a sessional instructor for 12 years at the University of Alberta, teaching a range of courses including design fundamentals, design research, design issues and interaction design. During this time, Robert worked for the federal government as a user experience designer until 2006 and since then has run his own design company, Big Pixel Creative working with government organizations and non-profits. Most recently, Robert was co-chair organizing UX Edmonton's annual conference, UX Camp. Robert's Masters and current research is about the philosophy of design, specifically, the role design theory plays in providing a strong foundation for design education and practice.
Available to supervise honours or individual study students.
Teaching and Research Interests
DESN240 Introduction to User Experience Design
Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers
Andruchow, R. (2017). Making Alberta a digital design leader: Charting a path for the next 10 years. Panel discussion, moderator and organizer, Edmonton.
Andruchow, R. (2016). Creating a UXD major. Presentation, UX Camp 2016. UX Edmonton.
Andruchow, R. (2010). A survey of definition and its role in strengthening design theory." In Proceedings from 2010 DRS Montreal Conference: Design and Complexity. Design Research Society.
Andruchow, R. (2010). Approaches to definition and resolving definitional disputes in design. Presentation, Centre for Philosophy & Design 2010 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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