Steve Fuchs is a multidisciplinary designer, tenured Architecture & Design Professor at Orange Coast College (OCC), Adjunct Faculty at FIDM in the Jewelry Design program, and 32-year resident of Los Angeles by way of Hawaii. He earned a Master of Architecture II from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, 2006) and continues to be engaged in a Doctor of Computer Science specializing in Emerging Media, researching the affects of augmented reality on design studios and project-based learning.
Describe a favorite class project:
My favorite class project at FIDM is a cross-collaboration with my class (Computer-Aided Design for Jewelry, JDSN 2100) and their studio class (Creative Design I, JDSN 1900). Students have to design a globally-relevant, men's fine jewelry piece, using computer-aided design in Rhino, 3-D printed prototypes, digital lost wax castings of their best iteration, and finishing their piece by hand. In addition, students are required to use their brand identity from the previous quarter to celebrate their design and expose their entire process, from design to fabrication.
Do you have a particular style or philosophy about teaching?
My teaching philosophy centers on a family-style approach to design thinking and project-based learning, which is why I chose to come teach at FIDM. Including computational design and digital fabrication tools into traditional process also excites me, and I believe my passion for design and making translates to students who become invigorated by my teaching. I recently wrote a $1 million dollar grant at Orange Coast College (where I am a full-time, tenured professor of design) to implement a campus-wide makerspace, and many students and alumni have come taken classes with me there, as part of our broader design family in Southern California.
Do you have a favorite memory teaching at FIDM?
Some of my fondest memories at FIDM have been working with students who have an interest in design but have not quite developed their skills, yet. After being with them for 3 semesters, it's such a joy to be part of their overwhelming transformations. From graphic design to jewelry design, the FIDM students I have the honor to enlighten are some of my absolute favorite.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at FIDM?
Teaching at FIDM gives me the opportunity to explore a smaller, and equally intricate, scale of design than I am trained in (M.Arch II, SCI-Arc 2006). As a designer, architect, and professor, being able to introduce students to my passion for computer-aided and computational design at the scale of jewelry is very rewarding. Helping guide the journey of FIDM students and being part of a world renowned institution are rewards themselves.
Steven Fuchs is an Outstanding Faculty Award Winner, an award given by the student body to outstanding faculty members.
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