Mr. Richard A. Elaver


  • Master of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Teaching and Research Interest(s)

  • Elaver has a background in both product design and metalsmithing, and his creative work focuses on the overlap of craft and design. He uses digital fabrication technology to create products and sculptural objects. In his teaching, Elaver covers Design Thinking and design process methodology, project management, three-dimensional Computer Aided Design, & Digital Fabrication.

Publication(s) and/or Exhibition(s)

  • Leading Co-creation in Multi-disciplinary Applied Projects, International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Glasgow, Scotland, 2018

  • Developing the Next Generation of Change Makers, Design Principles and Practices, Barcelona, Spain, 2018

  • Student Design Entrepreneurship - from concept to retail in 90 days,  International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Loughborough, UK, 2015

Something Fun

  • When I'm not on campus, you can find me hiking or mountain biking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Additional Work Samples


Title: Associate Professor of Industrial Design
Department: Department of Applied Design

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7105

Office address
Kerr Scott Hall 213A