Giovanni Castillo, MIA
Lecturer, Director of the IVR Lab
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Giovanni Castillo is the founding director of NAU’s Virtual Reality Lab and a lecturer in the department of Visual Communication. He earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997 and a Master’s degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Before coming to NAU he worked as an architect for six years and has also worked for NASA, where he collaborated with researchers to create mission visualizations and real-time simulators. His interest in virtual reality began at NASA Ames where he participated in creating several simulation environments including a docking simulator for astronauts and a real-time out-the-window airport control tower.
His work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and ID Magazine among others. His awards include: Awards of Excellence in Architecture from RISD, 2007, I.D. Design Award, 2000, Best in Category Industrial Design, The 100 show, 1998, Award for interactive media, American Center for Design and Rome Honors program, 2005, Rome Studio.