Jorge Paricio Garcia, MID, Ph.D.
Interior Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
See the world with a critical eye. Jorge Paricio Garcia, MID, Ph.D. , Interior Design Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
My parents were both artists and educators. I always enjoyed drawing, painting, and being creative. I remember vividly having whole summers to experiment with oil paint and printmaking ink. I truly value the freedom I had.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I have a broad experience interior design, exhibit design, product design, and furniture design. Working in those disciplines helps me give students insights on everything from the right choice of material to the right detail to the right creative approach. I encourage them to see opportunities in their design process, and to appreciate being able to create meaningful experiences.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I’ve always enjoyed being a guest critic during thesis and portfolio presentations, because I get to see the students’ progress. Sometimes I get to see a former student presenting their best work, and that’s a validating experience for both of us.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
I think it’s valuable for students to get feedback not only from me, but from their peers, because we’re a community of learners. They share both their frustrations and their discoveries.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Look at the world with a critical eye. Appreciate your responsibility to create a unique experience in the built environment.