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Dr Chang Hee Lee


  • 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 an interaction designer and researcher 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, interaction design, human-computer interaction (HCI), playful experience, creativity, designing toolkit and so on. 

    He was featured in the UK Design Council's One's to Watch list, a list of the seventy most talented emerging designers in the UK. He was also elected by the Overseas Korean Foundation (OKF) as one of Korean Future Leaders. His research and projects have been widely discussed at institutions such as 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, 2018), as well as online platforms such as BBC, WIRED 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 2017 & 2019), International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2018 Best Paper Award-PWIP) and Acta Astronautica.

    He has a PhD in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and 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:

    Lee, C.H, Lockton, D, Stevens, J, Wang, S.J, and Ahn, S.H. (2019). 'Synaesthetic-Translation Tool: Synaesthesia as an Interactive Material for Ideation', ACM CHI’19, Glasgow. 

    Yana, X.Y, Lee, C.H, Kumarc, P.A and Wang, S.J (2019). 'Infrastructure-Integrated Photovoltaic (IIPV): How LCA based innovation and design can help ensure its sustainability?' Journal of Applied Energy (under peer review).

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

    Wang, S.J, Zhang, L, Lee, C.H, and Moriarty. P. (2019) The Scope of Innovative Design In Enhancing Energy Efficiency, International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE), Västerås, Sweden.

    Lee, C.H, Lockton, D and Kim, J.E, (2018). 'Exploring Cognitive Playfulness Through Zero Interactions', ACM SIGCHI DIS’18, Hong Kong. (Best Provocation Award—top 2%)

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

    Balint, T and Lee, C.H, (2018). Pillow Talk—Curating Delight for Astronauts, 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Bremen, Germany.

    Lee, C.H, (2018). 'Synaesthesia Materialisation: Approaches to Applying Synaesthesia as a Provocation for Generating Creative Ideas within the Context of Design', PhD Thesis, Royal College of Art, School of Design, Innovation Design Engineering Research, UK.

    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. DOI:

    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