Demystifying Design with Dr. Harah Chon

Friday, 15 February 2019

Demystifying Design with Dr. Harah Chon
Friday, 15 February 2019 14:45 - 16:30 (Malaysia, Singapore Time)

Kith Café Bras Basah
51 Bras Basah Road
#01-03A Manulife Centre

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Join us for the second instalment of our Social Space Café Hop where you can get up-close and personal with changemakers in the social innovation scene!

All participants will get to enjoy a cup of Coffee of your choice (under $4.50), a packet of Magical Sea Salt Cookies and also receive a Social Space Tote Bag.


What is design? Most people think of it in relation to finished objects, forms, services, and solutions. However, design is also a way of looking at, framing, thinking, improving upon, and changing our built environment. In this talk, Dr. Harah Chon will explain how design thinking can be adopted to effectively tackle complex social issues, from sustainability to inclusion.


Harah is a Korean-American design practitioner, researcher and educator. She is currently Lecturer-in-Charge for MA Design and teaches in the BA(Hons) Design Communication, BA(Hons) Fashion Design & Textiles and BA(Hons) Fashion Media & Industries Programmes.

Harah began her professional career in New York as a fashion designer at Ralph Lauren before pursuing postgraduate studies in Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in Design Epistemology, through which she examined the ontological structures of knowledge representation to produce a culture-based taxonomy of design knowledge. The research framework of her PhD thesis was published as a book chapter in The Routledge Companion to Design Research.

As a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Science of Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Harah studies design metaphors through narratives and cultural epistemologies. Her current research activities focus on design theory and philosophy across the themes of collaborative design frameworks, disruptive approaches to interdisciplinary design, intangible culture and heritage, and knowledge transference. She advocates the furthering of discourses on design and cultural sustainability, social design and design knowledge.


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Special Promotion for SMU Students & Staff
Enjoy 10% off all a la carte items at Kith Cafe Bras Basah (dine-in only).

- This offer is valid from 7 January 2019 till 28 February 2019. 
- Please present your SMU pass upon ordering to enjoy this offer.
- Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions, discounts or vouchers.