Team
Prof Christian is the Head of Division of Industrial Design at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Christian studied architecture in Paris, completing his education by specialising in product design at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, at the Royal Danish Academy and subsequently gaining his PhD at the Kobe design University. He has worked with famous architects and designers including Juha Leiviska and Arrak in Finland, and Toshiyuki Kita in Japan. He has been involved in designing apartments and houses in Finland and Singapore as well as the design of furniture in Japan. In parallel to his teaching, he wrote the book “Design for a Contemporary World” about the pedagogy and practice of Design Fundamentals.
Hans Tan completed a degree in Industrial Design at the National University of Singapore before being awarded with a postgraduate scholarship from DesignSingapore, where he graduated Cum Laude from the IM Masters at the Design Academy Eindhoven. His investigations in the field of product design employs function as a medium, making objects that often explore values, rituals and materiality, with outcomes that saunter on the thick line between design and art. A winner of the Martell VSOP Rising Personalities Award 2009 and nominated for the 2009 Designer of the Future Award Design Miami/Basel, his works have been shown in exhibitions such as “Singletown” at the Venice Biennale and “Surface art/design” in Dortmund and Cologne. As a curator, he has also developed projects such as “Rest & Relax” for Singapore Changi Airport and “MadeForSam” for Singapore Art Museum.
Song Kee Hong graduated with a BFA Industrial Design degree from the University of Kansas as an IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) Student Merit Award recipient. He brings over two decades of design experience from global innovation consultancy Ziba in the US, two of Hewlett-Packard’s R&D centers and cross-disciplinary design consultancy Design Exchange - where he led both the design and engineering teams as Design Director. During his professional practice, he has worked with notable brands across diverse industries including Apple, Dell, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lenovo, Mars, P&G, Philips, Sanyo, Sennheiser and WelchAllyn. His portfolio of work has received over twenty international design awards - including the iF, G-Mark and the prestigious Red Dot: Luminary. His recent design work includes Experience Design for healthcare facilities, Branding & Retail Design for lifestyle retail chains, UI/UX Design for mobile apps and Product Design for biomedical equipment. He has been on the jury panel for numerous international design awards including the recent Red Dot Award 2015, China Good Design Award 2015, Furniture Design Award 2014, G-Mark Good Design Award 2014 and SG Mark 2014. He currently serves as an executive committee member in the Design Business Chamber of Singapore and has previously served on the advisory committees of NUS’ School of Design & Environment, Ministry of Education’s Design & Technology program, Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and the Singapore Design Council.
Studied philosophy, specifically theory of science and theoretical linguistics at Munich, followed there by Int. Design and Architecture at Academy of Fine Arts, graduating with a civil engineering degree from that Bavarian university as well as being therefore granted a DAAD / German Academic Exchange Service postgraduate scholarship in Management and Business Administration for the entrepreneurial designer (dean’s list) at NYSID, Manhattan, USA. First he introduced Computer Aided Styling at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG while employed in the design studio of its research and development center, afterwards he founded and headed the Corporate Design department at Festo. After Sony in 2000, he was awarded design team of the year 2001, handing that trophy over to Apple in 2002. Having won most of the international design competitions worldwide, his innovative industrial design solutions for capital goods are being shown in permanent collections of 10 museums so far. After professorships in Munich and Hamburg, Germany, he was 2004 joining as full professor with tenure Linz University in Austria, acting as Dean of Institute for Space and Design, Chair of Industrial Design department as well as Founder and Head of scionic I.D.E.A.L. research until September 2014. His introduction of research based design approach in academic teaching by learning from live role models in nature has drawn about 100 third-party funded projects from industry, e.g. from EADS, now Airbus Space Group. He has written so far 7 books on design, contributing to about a few tens, both being cited in hundreds refereed publications and invented some 30 patents. Currently he was invited to 16 visiting professorships, acting as final adjudicator in competitions as well as Member of International Programme Committee and reviewer of the International Conference on Research into Design, The Design Society – ICoRD, reviewer of International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED, and Life Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, London, founded in 1754, RSA, among others.
Prof Yen Ching Chiuan also holds a joint courtesy appointment with the Interactive & Digital Media Institute at NUS. Having authored more than 60 international and national refereed articles, he possesses an excellent ability to combine theoretical thinking and design practice in design education. He has worked with many companies including: ASUS, BMW Designwork USA, DELL, Estee Lauder, Jurong Health, OSIM, National University Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Swarovski, and Tupperware, etc. His research interests lie in methodologies for design, and he champions a “pluralistic dimension” of design study and research. His supervision in design has received more than 50 international or regional design awards in the past 10 years, including, to name a few, the Braunprize 2007, Luminary Award, red-dot award: design concept 2006, iF award 2008 and James Dyson Award, 2012.
With the university degree ‘Diplom-Ingenieur’ in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University Munich, Germany, and over 15 years of work experience at the IT-/consulting firms Evans & Sutherland and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as the industrial enterprises Festo and Volkswagen, Martin Konrad Danzer has a breadth of experience ranging from his beginnings as a consulting engineer in Computer Aided Industrial Design (CAID) with a strong focus on virtual product development to specialized experiences in 3D computer graphics with special emphasis on 3D modeling, visualization, animation and virtual reality. A major part of his industrial activities was the redefinition and implementation of a digital / virtual product development processes. Martin joined the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria in 2004, where he established CAID as a new methodology in Design Education; he joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2015, where he continues to establish CAID in an international context. He views NUS as a world leading university that provides an ideal framework for research and teaching in the context of Industrial Design. The objective of his teaching philosophy of CAID within the scope of Industrial Design is to make students aware of the methods applicable to digital product design procedures as part of an integrated virtual product development process.
Jung-Joo (JJ) is responsible for the Service Design track in NUS DID and a director of Service Design Lab Singapore (http://www.servicedesignlab.net/). Her expertise also lies in Human-Computer Interaction Design, Empathic Design and Co-design. JJ is currently a member of International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP) and a reviewer of various design journals, including International Journal of Design, The Design Journal and Journal of Design Research.

JJ holds her Ph.D from Aalto University in Finland and has worked on various service design and interaction design projects in collaboration with global companies like Microsoft, IBM and Samsung, as well as government agencies including the City of Helsinki and the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore.
Donn is fascinated by the subtleties of human behavior and psychology, imbuing his design with a sensitivity towards the inner whispers that go on when a person interacts with physical and virtual forms. Combined with a keen sense of aesthetics, problem-solving and a strong mechanical aptitude, his work distills complex problems into smart, simple solutions that resonate with human habits and emotions.He is a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, and top international awards like BraunPrize, Lite-On and multiple Red Dot & iF design awards. Through independent practice and his previous employment at GRO design (Netherlands) and One & Co. (San Francisco), his work experience spans across the brands of BMW DesignworksUSA, Dell, Google, HTC, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Nokia, Philips, Sennheiser and TomTom. Recent works: HTC EVO 4G, Google Nexus One Car Dock, T-Mobile MyTouch 4G, and Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse.
With practical engagements with disciplines in Industrial Design, Fine Art, and Interior Architecture, Ash has interests in evolving design approaches and processes in his interactions with students from various tertiary institutions in Singapore, including the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. His current foray into meaning maps and concept maps, reading and extracting qualities and evolving design briefs, are attempts at arriving with new clarity and interpretations of objects and situations.
Wai-Chiau graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in England and followed with a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering in NUS. In 1992, he received an Overseas Training Award from the government of Japan to study Industrial Design under JICA/JIDPO/JIDA. He is a Registered Chartered Mechanical Engineer. His product design and engineering experiences ranges from a 155mm Field Howitzer to mechanical heart valves, consumer products and sail boat accessories. Since he began practising as a product design and engineering designer in 1983, he was granted a number of product patents and international design awards from Singapore to Amsterdam, Japan and the USA. Besides teaching, he continues to practice industrial design and product engineering in Singapore.
Born in Singapore and studied Industrial Design in Australia, Patrick Chia’s designs have been exhibited and represented by galleries in Paris, New York. Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. His work has been published extensively in major international design journals. Notably, His projects were included in the International Design Yearbook in 1997, 2003 and 2004. Since 2002 he has collaborated extensively with the Japanese company Time and Style. In 2006, Patrick was awarded the Best Breakthrough Acts by the influential international design magazine Wallpaper* during its 2006 Annual Design Awards.
Yuta Nakayama is currently working as a Design Engineer at the Design Incubation Centre developing design prototypes and converting design concepts into actual working prototypes. He is also involved in the development of new design concepts and providing technological consultancy for the design and research team. He has been working in the area of User Interface, Interaction Design and Media Arts, and specializes in the development of working prototypes including mechanical designs, electrical circuit design, and embedded software development etc. His works have been shown in international conferences such as SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, and Tokyo Designer Week.
With a strong passion for design, Willie graduated with a Diploma and a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design at Nanyang Polytechnic and National University of Singapore respectively. He also spent 6 months in Technische Universiteit Eindhoven for an exchange program during his time in NUS which allows him to gain more exposure in terms of design. He then joined DIC shortly after graduation from the National University of Singapore as an Industrial Designer. Willie possessed a strong knowledge in the technical aspect of design, which allows him to support and provide technical solutions to the design team in DIC. Currently, Willie is responsible for the management and production of d.lab series as well as involving in the development of new design concepts with the rest of the design team. He is also responsible for various project management and development between DIC and external contractors.
Chen Chee Keong graduated with a Diploma in Precision Engineering in Nanyang Polytechnic. Prior to joining NUS Division of Industrial design as a specialist associate, Chee Keong was working as a CAD/CAM programmer which deals with CNC programming as well as tool and die making. These experiences grant him a strong knowledge in the field of fabrication and allow him to support the design team in DIC.
Eason Chow graduated from the NUS industrial design course with the experience of working as an industrial designer in several design consultancies locally and internationally, e.g. Ireland, US and China. He also handled international project collaborations from Dubai, New Zealand and the U.K. The nature of his projects varies from consumer products to medical innovations both conceptual and commercial. He always believes in approaching design with an open-mind and being user centric in his decision making.

At present, his work has been granted international awards like IF Design Awards, Red Dot Design Awards, Stanford Longevity Design Challenge and more. Currently, his focus revolves about developing more medical design projects and his NRF POC grant awarded Flipod Thesis project within NUS DID.