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.
Song Kee Hong’s expertise is in designing Products, Services & UI with intuitive user experience. He has over 2 decades of industry experience in both consulting and corporate design environments with HP, Ziba, Hi-P and Design Exchange. His portfolio range from FMCG & consumer electronics to mission-critical domains in healthcare, industrial and security. This include projects for: Apple, Changi Airport Group, HP, Intel, Lenovo, P&G, Philips, TanTockSeng Hospital and WelchAllyn.

His professional work has received over 20 International design awards; including IDSA, iF, G-Mark Good Design Award and the prestigious Red Dot Luminary Award. He serve on the jury panel for numerous international design awards including Red Dot Award: Product Design, China Good Design Award and SG Mark Good Design Award etc.

At DID, Kee Hong focuses on creating authentic learning experience that is aligned to market reality. He has initiated and lead industry studio collaboration projects with Philips, Samsung, DBS and also public sector organizations such as the Ministry of Manpower & the Prime Minister's Office.

He graduated with a BFA Industrial Design degree from the University of Kansas as an IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) Student Merit Award recipient.
Hans believes that design not only helps us “do”, design also helps us “understand”. He deploys design as medium, making use of utility as a pretext for visual discourse, while maintaining a keen focus in developing materials and processes. The embedded narratives in his works comment on design and its industry as a phenomenon, especially in the context of heritage, consumption and waste. His works have been shown in exhibitions such as “Singletown” at the Venice Biennale, “Surface art/design” in Dortmund and Cologne, “Beauty” at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, Smithsonian Design Museum New York, and “Local Icons East/West” at MAXXI Museo, Rome. He is a two-time winner of Design of the Year at the President's Design Award, Singapore's highest design accolade. His works are held in private collections, as well as public permanent collections at the National Collection of Singapore; M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong; and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. Hans has also actively engaged in curatorial work and has produced several exhibitions with a keen interest in the discursive capacity of design to engage public perceptions. His penchant for design pedagogy is guided by the concept of deformative inquiry, developing imaginative thinking tools that provide novel approaches to the design process based on generative deformations, use of language and systematic reflection. The student works developed under his supervision has garnered many international awards, and he is a three-time winner of the NUS Annual Excellent Teaching Award.
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.
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.
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 globally in permanent collections of 16 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 paragons 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 35 patents. Currently he was invited to 19 visiting professorships, acting as final adjudicator in competitions like China Red Star Design Award 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, IEEE, and international member of IDSA, Industrial Designers Society of America, plus Life Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, London, founded in 1754, RSA, among others. Member of project group formulating action recommendation “Additive Fabrication / Manufacturing” for German Industry on behalf of acatech – German National Academy of Science and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.
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.
Christophe Gaubert is a Senior Product Designer, Design Professor and co-founder of Studio Ting (www.crea-ting.com) with the Taiwanese Interior Designer Hueiting Chang. He started is career within famous design studios as Governor (Jean-Michel Wilmotte) or Tim Thom (Thomson Design Team under the art direction of Philippe Starck) then worked for major companies (Alcatel, EDF, Philips, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Guerlain) and European industrial companies (Erreti, Camiva, …). Developing a global approach to design, his care goes as much to the punctual conception of products, as to broader considerations for project strategies inside companies, dedicating an important part to the prospective research and the methodic analysis of phenomenons which generate new kinds of uses and design opportunities. With Studio Ting, he participated to many architecture projects, corporate identities and museography in Taiwan, as for National Taiwan Museum which has opened in November 2017 a major permanent exhibition that he and his team have designed for the centenary of this public institution.He was teaching design in top-ranked french schools, particularly in ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris for over 15 years where he created the Design Fiction Studio and developed a particular approach dedicated to breakthrough innovation and visionary design. For 3 years between 2009 and 2011, he conducted a series of workshop between ENSCI and NUS on water issues.
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.
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.