About Ricardo John Gomes


(415) 338-2229




School of DesignCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts


Fine Arts Building (FA)


Office Hours: 

Wednesday: 1:30 pm-4:30 pm, 1:00 am-1:00 am

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:30 pm (By Online SFSU Navigator Scheduled Appointment ONLY) https://sfsu.campus.eab.com/home voicemail: 415-338-2229 ("ZOOM" Video Conference or Telephone Meetings may also be conducted during the designated Advising Times) Students should BRING COPIES OF UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS Degree Progress Report (DPR) and/or transcripts from other schools for consideration of transfer credit. * Major Advising BAIA/BSID Product Design * Study Abroad Advisor * IDSA Student Chapter Advisor * EPT Beta Beta Chapter Trustee * Shapira Design Archive Coordinator * Design for Community Projects Outreach Assistance


At SF State Since:

Fall Semester 1991


Prof. Gomes is Conducting All Advising Appointments Via Zoom Navigator for the Spring Semester 2024

Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 PM   https://sfsu.campus.eab.com/home


Ricardo Gomes, IDSA

Professor Ricardo Gomes has been a faculty member in the School of Design at San Francisco State University for over 32 years. He was the Chair of the Design and Industry Department from 2002 to 2012.

Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Design in the Fall of 1991, Prof. Gomes was a Senior Product Designer, Price-Pfister /Black & Decker home improvement products from 1988-1991. His responsibilities as Senior Designer in Research and Development included: product design development, and coordination, from concept development to prototype and first articles. During this period he successfully filed ten (10) design patents. 

Prof. Gomes coordinated the Design Center for Global Needs, which has transitioned to the Shapira Design Archive Project in the School of Design. This non-profit international research and development center is dedicated to promoting responsive design thinking methods and solutions to local, regional, and global issues such as inclusive/universal design; aging, design across the lifespan; health care delivery; community development, social innovation, and sustainability of the built environment.

Prof. Gomes was awarded the 2020 Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning, from the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, SFSU; and the IDSA 2020 Education Award presented in recognition of significant, distinguished, and long-term contributions of faculty to the field of industrial design academia. Most recently, he was selected as a 2022 iF Design Award Juror. The iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the world’s most prestigious design awards. Organized in Germany since 1953.

Prof. Gomes is on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Human-Centered Design in Boston. He is also a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America; and a Trustee of the Beta Beta Chapter, Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor Society for Technology in the School of Design, SFSU.

Prof. Gomes was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 1984 to 1986 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He conducted post-graduate research and product development of a container system for mobile healthcare delivery in East Africa from 1982 to 1987. In 1986, he was Program Coordinator of Design Projects in Developing Countries at Les Ateliers, Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris, France where he directed student liaison projects with European international development agencies.

Prof. Gomes has conducted keynote speeches, presentations, symposiums, and workshops at universities and international conferences throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.  In addition, he has served on juries related to Inclusive Design; Universal Design; Design for Social Responsibility; Sustainability; and Equity for BIPOC in the Built Environment. 

Prof. Gomes has an MFA in Industrial Design for Low-Income Economies from the University of California, Los Angeles (Design of a Container System for Mobile Health Care Delivery in East Africa); M.A. in Architectural Building Technology from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA (Analysis of Alternative Building Materials and Construction Systems for Small-scale Industries in the Cape Verde Islands, West Africa); BFA in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art (Design of an Adaptive Structural Learning Environment for Disabled, and Developmentally Challenged Children)