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Kin Wai Michael Siu

Kin Wai Michael Siu

Eric C. Yim Professor in Inclusive Design, Chair Professor of Public Design, Associate Dean (Research)

Programme Coordinator (Servicing Programmes); Leader, Public Design Lab; Leader, Research Group for Sustainable Public Design, RISUD; Supervisor, Postdoctoral Research and PhD Studies

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  • Expertise: Public Design, User Reception, Inclusive Design, Participatory Design, Public Design and Health, Design and Engineering Education


Kin Wai Michael Siu is Eric C. Yim Professor in Inclusive Design, and Chair Professor of Public Design. He is Associate Dean (Research) of the School of Design. He is Founder and Leader of the first Public Design Lab (公共設計研究室), and Leader of Research Group for Sustainable Public Design of the RISUD. He teaches design and engineering courses and supervises postdoctoral and PhD research. He is Coordinator of Design Research Methods for the university’s PhD students. He is a chartered designer (UK) and chartered engineer (UK). He was Fulbright Scholar at MIT, ASIA Fellow at NUS, and visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and UC Berkeley. He is Visiting Chair Professor of the WHUT, and Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University, CAFA, GAFA and TAFA in China. He has been appointed to serve as a member of research grant bodies and accreditation councils. He is an editorial and advisory board member of design, engineering, humanities and education journals and book series.

Based on Vygotsky’s ZPD concept and Bruner’s scaffolding theory, he introduced the concept of 'Scaffolding Innovation' for design learning. He promotes inclusive and participatory designs. He leads public design projects that have a balance of consideration between creative design and technological application. He has obtained a number of external competitive research and project grants, including RGC's HSSPFS and US's AEIF. His recent projects explore the inclusiveness of open spaces, playgrounds and country parks. He is exploring inclusive public designs for minimising the transmission of COVID-19 and NID. He has provided social and consultancy services concerning industrial, product, engineering and environmental designs, intellectual property, and programme development and accreditation. He has received over 80 international design and invention awards. He is the sole holder of more than 50 US and international patents. He has published 25 books and monographs, and over 50 book chapters and 400 papers in leading journals.


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Education and Academic Qualifications

PhD, PhD, MSc, MA, FCP, MEd, BA(Hons)

Professional Qualifications


Teaching Area

  • Public Design
  • Design Research Methods








Siu, K. W. M., Lo, K. Y. A., & Wong, Y. L. (Eds.) (2021). Playful public design by children. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Siu, K. W. M., & Wong, Y. L. (Eds.) (2019). Practice and progress in social design and sustainability. (330 pages). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Siu, K. W. M., & Contreras, G. J. (Eds.) (2017). Design education for fostering creativity and innovation in China (283 pages). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Sustainability Ambassadors, 2015 (K. W. M. Siu)



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