Current Courses

Fall 2024

  • DES 2700-001
    Visual Strategy
    Location: ARCH 129 (ARCH 129)
  • DES 4515-001
    Design Studio
    Location: ARCH 334 (ARCH 334)

Spring 2024

Professional Organizations

  • Design Research Society. 07/01/2021 - present. Position : Member.
  • Pigments Revealed International. 07/01/2021 - present. Position : Board Member.

Courses I Teach

  • DES 2700 - Visual Strategy
    Exploration and practice of visual strategies to support the design process. Students will engage in analogue and digital drawing as a means to express the research, development, and design process.
  • DES 2820 - Design Research Methods
    This course will focus on the utilization of a human centered design methodology to explore issues of design research that include observation, analysis, opportunity identification, concept development and evaluation of completed artifacts at various stages.
  • DES 3520 - Design Product Studio 2   (
    Design Studios offer in-depth exploration of specific design problems. Students combine learned skills and outcomes from adjacent and previous seminars to complete course work. Studios are progressive and must be taken in sequence. Digital, physical and platform product are explored.

Pedagogical Publications

  • Tsoutsounakis, E. (2023) Product Design in the Desert Common: Methods and Practice. Presentation at the ACSA111 Annual Meeting: In Commons, 31 March - 2 April, St. Louis, MI. Paper published, 03/2023.
  • Tsoutsounakis, E. (2023) Product Design in the Desert: Methods for a Common Design Landscape. Presentation at Commons In Design, 15-17, February, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel, Switzerland. Presentation accepted, 02/16/2023.

Teaching Projects

  • Field Studio. Project Lead: Elpitha Tsoutsounakis. Collaborators: Bears Ears National Monument, The Rural Utah Project, Friends of Cedar Mesa, Yestermorrow. 01/01/2019 - present.
  • Field Studio collaboration with Yellowstone Forever . Project Lead: Elpitha Tsoutsounakis. Collaborators: Cord Bowen. 09/01/2018 - 01/01/2020.
  • Project Blink. Project Lead: Elpitha Tsoutsounakis. Collaborators: Dr. Barbara Wirostko, Tim Lee, Becky Menlove, Sarah George, Lisa Thompson, McKay Nilson, Ben Dougal, Suzie Catharine, Jim Agutter. University Faculty Entrepreneur Committee 01/2014 - 05/2015. Total Budget: $13,500.00.