About Ricardo J Gomes






School of DesignCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts


Fine Arts Building (FA)


Office Hours: 

Monday: 1:30 pm-5:30 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

FINE ARTS Building, Room FA 317 (3rd floor), 415-338-2229: EMAIL THE PROFESSOR TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. ("ZOOM" Video Conference, or Telephone Meetings may also be conducted during the designated Advising Times) Students should BRING COPIES OF UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS and Degree Progress Report (DPR) and/or transcripts from other schools for consideration of transfer credit. Major Advising BAIA/BSID Product Design; Study Abroad Advisor; Shapira Design Archive Coordinator; and Design for Community Projects Outreach Assistance


At SF State Since:

Fall Semester 1991



During The COVID 19 Campus Closure,  Prof. Gomes is Conducting All Advising Appointments Via Zoom. Schedule An Appointment And He Will Send A Zoom Link.


Ricardo Gomes, IDSA

Professor Ricardo Gomes has been a faculty member in the School of Design at San Francisco State University for over 29 years. He was the Chair of the DAI Department from 2002-2012.

Prof. Gomes coordinates the Design Center for Global Needs and the Shapira Design Archive Project in the School of Design (DES). This non-profit international research and development center is dedicated to promoting responsive design solutions to local, regional and global issues such as: inclusive/universal design, health care, the aging, 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

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 Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor Society for Technology.

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

For over 30 years, 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 received his 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). He received an M.A. in Architectural Building Technology from 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); and a BFA in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art (Design of an Adaptive Structural Environment for Severely Disabled and Developmentally Challenged Children)