Teaching Experience & Lectures


SHAD (National Program for Gifted High School Students 2018)

  • Guest Lecture: Think Like an Architect and Build. Students voted this best presentation. Invited to present at the 2019 SHAD Program.

Mount Royal University 2016 

Guest Lecturer Fourth Year Information Design Class

  • Lecture & activity: Disegno ≠ Design & Other Random Thoughts. Discussed the notion of ‘curating your career’ as a designer; how to structure portfolios to target multiple employment opportunities; the importance of process; the value of partial ideas in developing projects; and design thinking as a strategy for ongoing success.

University of Calgary 2010 – Present 

Workshop Lecturer, Student Success Centre 2016

  • SEDV 625 (Interdisciplinary M.Sc. program in Sustainable Design, Haskayne School of Business) o Lecture & workshop activities: Good questions yield good answers: Using partial ideas to generate effective research questions 

Peer Reviewer, scholarly Journal of Applied Hermeneutics August 2015

Guest Lecture, Department of Kinesiology 2014

  • Discussed the problems and solutions facing researchers trying to implement Eastern Approaches to Movement (e.g., Tai Chi and Yoga) into Western Medical Rehabilitation Programs.

Guest Lecturer, Fine Arts 507 2010-2013

  • Presented ideas for developing a design aesthetic in video games. Assisted students in seeing the potential of their partial ideas and create strategies for expanding these ideas in their own, original works.
  • Guided & advised students preparing and presenting their written design documents. Demonstrated why this is a crucial step in prototyping video games.
  • Discussed the notion of narrative and interactive media. Encouraged students to explore how their own story ideas can be developed and integrated into a variety of media.
  • Guided students in understanding how storytelling and written content is affected when transferred to other media. As a result, they were successful in expressing their background stories in their final presentations.

Guest Assistant, MFA thesis projects (Scenic Design) 2010

  • Spent one semester working with a group of MFA students in scenic design and directing. Provided direct assistance and comments, design ideas, etc. to help them finalize their thesis projects.

Alberta College of Art & Design 2011 

Guest Lecturer, Fourth Year Design Studio

  • Discussed the value of the partial idea and how ‘high end’ design professionals record and return to previous/undeveloped ideas. Worked on developing similar habits in their professional careers.

Collaboration, Creativity, Productivity and Entrepreneurship Master Class for Design Professionals (ACAD sponsored workshops). Presenter/Workshop Leader

  •  The Value of the Partial Idea.
  • Merging Creative Thinking. Lecture on problems and solutions to cross-disciplinary collaboration in design.
  • Transmedia Storytelling for Design Professionals. Lecture and practical exercises to develop their own strategies for creating successful projects.

Washington State University

Guest Lecture: Lost in a Chinese Garden. IAC Lecture Series