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Joel is World Director at Ubisoft Toronto. He is a 13-year veteran of the game industry, specializing in open world design, dev process, world-building, and sticking his nose into level designer's business, because old habits die hard.

He used to work at Bethesda Game Studios, where he co-founded the level design group that helped create Fallout 4, Skyrim, Fallout 3, and Oblivion.  Before that, he cut his teeth at Terminal Reality in Dallas, Texas, where he contributed to Bloodrayne 2, Aeon Flux, and in a very roundabout way, the stoner comedy Grandma's Boy

Joel helps organize and present the Level Designer’s Workshop at both GDC San Francisco and GDC China in Shanghai.  He holds a B.A. in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida, and his dog is more famous than he will ever be.


Expert Blogs

Posted by Joel Burgess on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:15:00 EST in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Get a sneak preview of the 2017 Level Design workshop, hosted by GDC on Feb 28. The speakers will introduce their topics, as well as roundtable some questions submitted by the LD community.

Posted by Joel Burgess on Wed, 01 May 2013 09:15:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
Originally presented as part of GDC 2013's Level Design in a Day bootcamp, this talk covers the how and the why of Bethesda Game Studios' approach to creating the modular art used in level design.