Dr Chang Hee Lee


  • Dr Chang Hee Lee
  • Area

    School of Design



  • Chang Hee Lee is a Tutor in Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme at the Royal College of Art (RCA). He is mainly responsible for the second year IDE programme. He previously taught as a Visiting Lecturer in IDE before joining as a tutor.

  • Biography

  • Chang Hee Lee is a design engineer and researcher currently based in London. He is interested in finding new meanings for interactions to discover novel ways of perceiving the world. This interest led him to explore the interaction between humans and machines, products and users, and the physical and mental worlds of humans. His experiments have led him to investigate a variety of sources such as synaesthesia, human-computer interaction (HCI), physical-computing, data physicalisation, design provocation, interaction design and so on.

    ​​He was featured in the UK Design Council's One's to Watch list, a list of the 70 most talented emerging designers in the UK. He was also elected by the Overseas Korean Foundation (OKF) as one of the possible Korean Future Leaders. His research and projects have been widely discussed at institutions such as the Royal College of Art (RCA), Harvard University, University College London (UCL), Carnegie Mellon University, Camden Arts Centre and the Open Senses festival. His work has appeared in various print publications, such as the Design Journal and the book Synaesthesia (MIT Press), as well as online platforms such as BBC and ACM Interactions. His research has been published and distributed on internationally recognised domains such as ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) and International Astronautical Congress (IAC). ​

    ​He has a PhD in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art (RCA). ​He is a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and obtained his master’s in Design Critical Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London. ​

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Publications:

    Balint, T and Lee, C.H, (2018). 'Pillow Talk: Curating Delight for Astronauts', 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Bremen, Germany.

    Lee, C.H, Lockton, D and Kim, J.E, (2018). 'Exploring Cognitive Playfulness Through Zero Interactions', ACM SIGCHI DIS’18, Hong Kong. 

    Lee, C.H and Lockton, D. (2018). 'Silent Scene', ACM Interactions’18 Demo, 25, 6, 10-13. 

    Lockton, D., Ricketts, D, Chowdhury, S.A and Lee, C.H. (2017). 'Exploring Qualitative Displays and Interfaces', ACM CHI’17, Denver, CO, USA. 

    Ferrarello, L., Hall, A, Kann, M and Lee, C.H. (2017). 'Collaborating Design Risk', International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), Ohio, USA.

    Lee, C.H. (2017). 'Three Studies of Synaesthesia', ACM Interactions ’17 Demo, 24, 3, 8-11. 



    Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA October 2017

    Institute of Philosophy, University of London, UK May 2017

    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA April 2017

    Royal College of Art, London, UK December 2016

    University College London (UCL), London, UK September 2016

    University College London (UCL), London, UK August 2016

    Royal College of Art & University of Oxford, UK July 2016

    Future Leader Conference, Seoul, South Korea October 2015

    Camden Arts Centre & Kingsgate Workshop Trusts, London, UK June 2015



    Synaesthesia: Art, Love & Science—The Center SF, San Francisco, USA 2018

    Open Senses Festival—Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK 2017

    Design For Safety at Sea—Lloyd’s Register Foundation Headquarter, London, UK 2017

    Doing It Together Science (DITOs)—University College London (UCL), London, UK 2016

    Crossing Over: The Art & Science of Multisensory Perception—Royal College of Art (RCA), London, UK 2016

    Touch Art Fair—Former BBC Headquarter, London, UK 2013

    London Design Festival—Hoxton Gallery, London, UK 2013

    A’Design Award Exhibition—Mood Museum of Design, Milan, Italy 2013

    Product Design Days—Mumbai, India 2013

    About Design Expo—Gdansk, Poland 2013

    Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 2009 

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Selected work