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Tomás Dorta

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Ph.D. professor at Université de Montréal and architect and designer in practice

Tomás Dorta, is an architect and designer active in Venezuela and Canada and graduated from the Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, as an architect in 1991. He began graduate studies in 19993 at Université de Montréal and was awarded a Ph.D. in 2001 for his work on virtual reality to visualize the design process. His research focuses on design process mechanisms and the use of virtual reality to facilitate co-design both in practice and in the classroom. His work has been extensively funded by major provincial and federal granting agencies including FRQSC in Québec and CRSH, CRSNG, and FCI federally. His research has been presented at many international scientific conferences and published in the proceedings of those conferences and in academic journals such as Design Studies, International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology, International Journal of Architectural Computing, and Journal d’Interaction Personne-Système. He began his teaching career as a lecturer with Université de Montréal’s School of Design in 1997. In 2003 he was appointed assistant professor was made a full professor in 2017. He leads the faculty doctoral seminars on development and its industrial design studios and teaches theoretical courses in industrial design for design interaction and co-design. He is the director of Hybridlab Design Research Laboratory ((, which he founded in 2008. He also headed up the design of Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D™, or Hyve-3D (, a groundbreaking virtual reality system for use in collaborative work.