A social designer, design researcher and activist, designs creative participation for social inclusion and innovation

Since July 2013, Dr Yanki Lee became the director of HKDI DESIS Lab for Social Design Research where she continues her research on new design practice in addressing social issues and aims to create societal changes through social design research projects.

http://www.hkdi.desislab.vtc.edu.hk/

1st PhD student Carmen Hijosa graduated at the RCA (http://www.rca.ac.uk/research-innovation/research/current-research/ananas-anam-new-materials-and-mapping-for-twenty-f/)


Education

2010             Postgraduate Certificate in Research Supervisors’ Training, UK

2009             Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, UK

2007             Ph.D in Design, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2000             MA in Architecture, Royal College of Art, UK

 

Awards

2014             Asia Social Innovation Awards 2014 on Best Development Potential Award and Best Multimedia Award to HKDI DESIS Lab

2012             Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2011              UK-China Fellow of Excellence, Department of Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS), UK

2011              EPSRC’s Public Engagement Award, UK

2009             Connections through Culture Development Grant winner, British Council, UK

 

Contributions

2014                Visiting Scholar, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design, and Conservation

Since 2014     PhD Supervisor, Faculteit Architectuur en Kunst, Faculty Architecture and Art, Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium

2011                Visiting Scholar, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Since 2010     Visiting Fellow, Hong Kong Design Institute

Since 2012     Visiting Research Fellow, The Helen Hamlyn Center for Design, Royal College of Art, UK

Since 2010     PhD Supervisor, School of Materials, Royal College of Art, UK

Since 2005     Founder of EXHIBIT at Golden Lane Estate, Community Interest Company, UK and Super Estate Foundation, UK

2000 – 2012   Research Fellow, The Helen Hamlyn Center for Design, Royal College of Art, UK

 

Press / Media Appearance
  • Chinese_ Interviewed by Wenweipo_Hong Kong February, 2013 / (Open PDF)
  • Chinese_Interview by Singtao Newspaper_ Hong Kong February, 2013 / (Open PDF)
  • Chinese_Interview by Hong Kong Economic Times_ Hong Kong March, 2013 / (Open PDF)
  • English _ Interviewed by the SIGNED Magazine _ Hong Kong January, 2012 / (Open PDF)
  • English _ Interviewed by the Guardian & Observer _ London September, 2011 / (Open PDF)
  • Chinese _ Interviewed by Economic Journal_ Hong Kong July, 2011 / (Open PDF)
  • Chinese _ Interviewed by Ming Pao News _ Hong Kong August, 2011 / (Open PDF)
  • Chinese _ Project “Ageing in TKL” Citied in Hong Kong newspapers February, 2011 / (Open PDF)
  • Chinese _ Article published at MingPao Weekly _ Hong Kong August, 2008 / (Open PDF)
  • Chinese _ Interviewed by Singtao Newspaper_London November, 2007 / (Open PDF)