Gloria Jew has been teaching since graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a licensed architect in the state of Texas and also EDAC certified, Evidence Base Design Research.
She has taught design studios in core, design fundamentals and studios to 5th year architecture. Recently, at UNLV, she taught a thesis level urbanism studio, positing typological ideas and cultural settings which act as a catalyst to the Downtown of Las Vegas. Gloria has taught inter-disciplinary studios in urban anthropology, exploring the cultural conditions that create an imprint to its urban context.
She has collaborated with performance artists and along with students have created stage sets for Eth Noh Tec, and the poet Anne Carson. The students in this case are from architecture, interior design, animation, industrial design, fashion, painting, interaction design, graphics and film-making. In professional practice Gloria was design director at Gensler in a flex studio which garnered her expertise in workplace, hospitality, retail and healthcare.
She groomed her professional experience with Bay Area practices including RMW, Anshen + Allen and HDR Architecture, where the project Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is currently under construction. She has worked in the Middle East and China and these locales have forged opportunities for design teaching. Gloria continues to act as a mentor to student graduates and young professionals.
Racing a sailboat is her passion and this metaphor is used in her teaching and practice: that as navigator and practitioner. The primary focus and belief is fostering a creative design process which includes a focus on cultural context, informed by research, analysis and mapping.