MSc. Hao C.

PhD candidate, Lecturer (praktijkdocent)
Industrial DesignDesign Conceptualization and Communication

She has developed Cultura, a contextual user research method that helps designers gain intercultural empathy with people. 

Academic Background

She has developed Cultura, a contextual user research method that helps designers gain intercultural empathy with people.

Chen moved from China to the Netherlands to study master of Design for Interaction at Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), Delft University of Technology. Chen received her master’s degree with honors (Cum Laude) in 2013. Following her interests in design research, Chen self-initiated her PhD thesis and has being work at ID-StudioLab in IDE since 2014. For her research, Chen partners closely with companies in Europe and China, which allows her to combine theory with pragmatism and utilize her method Cultura in design practice. Chen is also passionate about doing design education and have being co-organized multiple design workshops for design students and practitioners in several international design schools. Since 2018, Chen has spent part of her time working as a lecturer at IDE, coaching several Master's courses, and part of her time on her own design research consultancy company, HAO design lab.a


Education

  • 2014 – 2019
    PhD candidate
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2011 – 2013
    Master of Science in Design for Interaction (Cum Laude)
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2007 – 2011
    Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Design
    Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai, China

Experience

  • 2018 – present
    Part-time lecturer, coaching bachelor's and master's students in several courses
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • 2018 – present
    I run my own design research company HAO Design Lab
  • 2013 – 2014
    People research intern
    Philips Design, Amsterdam Amstel, the Netherlands

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • ID4297 Graduation Projects
  • ID4250 Exploring Interactions
  • ID4256-17 UXAD
  • Contextmapping
  • Culture sensitive design

Involved in the research project(s):