Karen Hong

Karen Hong has been in ADM for over 5 years. The subjects that she teaches include Foundation 2D Design and Surface Design. She is also ADM's internship Co-ordinator since she joined ADM. Karen is trained as a Visual Artist in Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. She majored in Jewellery Design and minored in Ceramics and Fibre / Textiles. Her interest in surface design and knowledge in these three areas of specialisation allows her to explore techniques in different mediums. She continued furthering her studies in Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design in London, UK specialising in the area of Fashion Textiles. She has been with the Art and Design education in Singapore for more than 10 years and had taught in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts. Before joining the School of Art, Design and Media, she was an Assistant Director with DesignSingapore Council. She managed the Design Culture Unit and spearheaded the collection of Singapore design statistics, and conducted a study on the Singaporeans Design Awareness Index. She also planned and launched the inaugural DesignSingapore Scholarship. As for professional practice, she has been working on one-offs textile designs as well as commercial fashion fabrics and fabrics for accessories under the label "TACTILE TEXTILES". (www.tactiletextiles.com) Her recent explorations are in the area of thermoplastic fabrics, working with thermoplastics in the form of fabrics and yarns. She is testing out if these thermoplastics can be given a 3D form regardless of construction methods and amalgamation with different surface design techniques which may change the physical and aesthetic properties of the thermoplastics. She is currently developing a series of SMART Textiles that can be used as tactile therapy for elderly care.

Ming Kin Leung

Ming Leung celebrates, interrogates and practices design in the widest sense of the word. In education, he has been Visiting Professor in the school of design and school of architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; research consultant at Qinghua University, Beijing; project co-director at Beijing University; external examiner at Domus Academy, Milan; and external Tutor at the Royal College of Art. In addition, he has led workshops at Umea University, Sweden and Salzburg University of Applied Science; coached in the MBA programme of Imperial College Business School; and contributed to the Cross-Culture Design Programme at CAFA (Beijing) with Stanford University. In professional practice, he has been a founder and partners of three design studios in the UK and an architecture practice. His clients have included Akzo Nobel, Alcatel, Apple, Electrolux, Gillette, GSK, Nokia, Philips, Reebok, Samsung, Samick and SK. Over a billion products he designed and developed are in production globally, covering more than 50 industrial categories, ranging from scientific equipment to electronic goods, from sports equipment to domestic appliances. Whether inside or outside professional practice, he is interested in embedding culture in design, service and experience design, design and economics, and design and social entrepreneurship and responsibility

Suresh Sethi

Suresh Sethi began his career in Industrial Design at Philips India in 1983, soon firmly consolidating his position among India's best designers through various projects. He went on to pursue further study in Italy, receiving his MA from the Domus Academy in Milan, where he studied under design icons like Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass, and Gaetano Pesce and established strong links to Italian design.In 1988, Suresh began his own company, Circus Design Studio, focusing on product design and continuing, throughout the 1990s, his professional work in consumer products and lighting design for firms in Asia and Europe, including Philips, Alessi, Akai, Eveready, Proctor & Gamble, and Videocon. Suresh's guiding belief that products must be user-friendly has seen a number of his designs successfully re-run in various markets worldwide. From 1989-1993 Suresh collaborated on the project, Organic Houses, with Nari Gandhi, an architect associated in the past with Frank Lloyd Wright. During the same period he also worked on Strategies for Living Crafts with Rajeev Sethi. From 1993 onwards he worked on the design of maritime-related projects, notably, the Mumbai Maritime Gallery, and an installation, "Sea-India" in Mumbai, for the International Fleet Review in 2001 Suresh has been a Visiting Professor, and has led many workshops and seminars at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India; the National Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur, India; the National Institute of Fashion and Technology, Mumbai, India; and SNDT University, Mumbai. Before joining NTU as the lead faculty in Product Design in 2005, Suresh was a tenured Professor at the Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, India. As of 2010, Assoc. Prof. Suresh Sethi has stepped down from his position at NTU to continue his pursuit of perfection in industrial design at a leading design firm in Shanghai.



Fabrizio Galli

  • DArch (Doctor Magistralis in Architecture) at Florence University, Italy (1983)
Fabrizio Galli began teaching Product Design at ADM-NTU in 2008. From 2003 to 2008 he has been lecturing in the Product Design Master program at IDAS (International Design School for Advanced Studies) Hongik University Seoul Korea. He participated in several workshops worldwide, among them: 2009 International Design & Handicraft Workshop at Cairo Egypt, 2007 and 2004 “Nandeva” International Workshops Foz de Iguazu Brazil, 2003 “Zegna Sport” Workshop at Domus Academy in Milano, from 1997 to 2002 the open project “Granserraglio” at S.Vittore in Milano.
Fabrizio started his career as a freelance Design Consultant in 1994, had a continuative collaboration with Giorgio Galli & Partners and formally formed a partnership with them in 2000. He worked as a freelance with several other firms, significantly among them Emilio Ambasz IDEA Group, Alessandro Guerriero (founder of Alchimia) and MR&D Institute - Marketing, Engineering & Management.
Fabrizio had begun his design training from 1990 to 1994 with Mario Bellini in Milano. He was the co-founder of the Memory Hotel Studio in 1986 and co-founder of the “Bolidismo” movement. As a group they had held several collective exhibitions in Europe and Japan until 1989.
Publications & Awards:
NTZIAN Annual Prize 1993 for Swatch Mobile phone / Winner 28th SMAU 1995 with Pager for Motorola UCB Benetton / Top Ten Promosedia 1995 with “Cappuccino” for Magis / Winner of the international design competition for the “Giro d’Italia Grand Trophy 1999″ RCS Milano / Runner-up for the SMAU Prize 2001 with the Road Lighting System for Gewiss / Winner of 34th SMAU 2001 and the INTEL DESIGN 2001 with the Home Automation System for Domustech (Olivetti Group) / the Emilio Ambasz Lighting System for Ilva Pali Dalmine won the “Compasso d’Oro” ADI Design Prize 2001
Design projects published in:
Modo / Domus / Casa Vogue / Interni / Gran Bazaar / Per Lui / Emois / D’Ars / L’architecture d’Aujourdhui / Wallpaper … “Descendants of Leonardo da Vinci” the Italian Design 1994 / “The International Design Yearbook” 1994
Projects with Galli&Partners for: Autogrill / Benetton Group / Benetton Japan / Bic Italia / Bic Violex Greece / Fabrica Benetton / Gewiss / Kastle / Motorola / Movado Group / Nautica / Nordica / Olivetti Domustech / Osama / Scott / Sector / Tamoil / Tommy Hillfiger - Projects with Emilio Ambasz Gruppo IDEA for IBM / Ilva Pali Dalmine / Brunswick / LifeFitness - Indipendent projects for: Columbus Cinelli / Dating Olivetti-Tecnost / Ferdinand Menrad Gruppe / GiòStyle / HyunWon / LG Chemicals / Magis / Modo&Modo / Moleskine / Monteco / Olympus Korea / Swatch / Winix Korea...

Chalit Kongsuwan

Chalit was born on the 4th of September 1974 in Thailand. He got a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Rangsit University, Thailand, in the field of Product Design in 1997 and then worked as a product designer for a number of industrial furniture factories in Thailand. Due to intense commercial and industrial conditions in South East Asian market, he shifted his direction from an industrial designer to a furniture designer and maker.
This radical change led him to the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, Australia where he spent nearly two years (July 2005 - March 2007) for completing Master of Fine Art and Design. Then he went to TAFE Metal Trades, Bender Drive, Tasmania to learn ARC, MIG and TIG welding. In 2008, he was offered two scholarships from 'Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship' (EIPRS) and IDP Student Mobility Scholarship'.
This allowed him to undertake further study towards a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania from February 2008 until April 2012.
Professional achievements - Chalit has shortlisted and won a number of major design competitions.

These include:
- Notable mentions from Georg Jensen Design Awards in product design category in 2009;
- The premier prize of the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection in 2008;
- The environment prize from the Claudio Alcorso Foundation in 2007;
- The inaugural Accommodation Services Acquisitive Art Prize in 2007;
- Highly Commended Award from Clarence Prize 2007 for excellence in furniture;
- Completed selected competencies from the Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, TAFE Metal Trades, Bender Drive, Tasmania, Australia (2007);
He has also had numerous group exhibitions and four invited solo exhibitions in Australia. Recently, a great number of his objects have been collected by both the Design Centre Tasmania Australia and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) as one of permanent collections since 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Design perspective:
Chalit believes that the relative importance between creative mind, discerning eyes and skillful hands is a fundamental key to keep the pace of traditional design heritage with the continuous change of innovative technology. He makes a metaphor that those designers who can perform the role of thinker, designer and maker simultaneously can be compared to an autonomous musician who can compose, conduct and play freely on the stage.