Robert A. Lopez
Interim Director of School of Art & Design; Associate Professor, Design
Office location: Pulliam 52
Robert A. "Rob" Lopez is a designer and educator with experience in a wide range of 2D and 3D design. He is an Associate Professor of Design and currently serves as the Interim Director of the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is also the co-founder of Deft Lunch, a small design team based in Carbondale. He received his BFA and MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (UIUC).
His most recent creative work includes: incorporating VR technology into the product development process, concept development as a design consultant for Boom Designs, and research and design development for a book project titled: “Diseñemos Latino/Hispanic Industrial Designers in the United States”. Rob also serves as Design Director for a range client-based projects as part of his Collaborative Design Studio course. This course, run through the Design Program’s Design Research Studio, brings together students from the Communication Design and Industrial Design specializations. Clients include Emerson Tool Company, St. Louis, MO; Elan Polo International, St. Louis, MO; Harman International, St. Louis, MO; School Outfitters, Cincinnati, OH; Symrise Inc., Teterboro, NJ.
Previous to his appointment at SIU, he was an Assistant Professor of 3D Design at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Industrial Design Department at UIUC, and an adjunct faculty member for the Graphic Design and Narrative Media Departments at UIUC.