Thom Jeffrey Garcia is a designer and educator currently exploring emerging practices in architectural representation. Jeffrey’s experience as a designer ranges from curatorial projects, industrial design, graphic design and publication, and architecture and design competitions. His ambition is to explore - through theory and practice - speculative design as a critical research methodology.
Prior to his current enrolment as a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media, and Design (IAMD) at OCAD University, Jeffrey was a sessional instructor for over 10 years in the undergraduate Environmental Design Program at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture. His focus was in foundation design education; including studio work, design theory and history, and visual communication.
From 2011 to 2015, Jeffrey was a partner focusing on design and project development at STUFF (Studio for Transformative Forms and Fields), an innovative network practice and think-tank founded by Jae-Sung Chon. He collaborated on the development of the international SHADE competition as well as several other curated exhibitions. Previous to teaching, he worked for the radical industrial design firm Plastic Buddha Design Inc. from 2000 to 2004; focusing on research projects and special commissions. The firm was profiled in several international design publications and their work was exhibited in Canada (Winnipeg Art Gallery), New York City (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), Milan (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), and Tokyo (Tokyo Designers Block).