Kin Wai Michael Siu (邵健偉) is Professor of Public Design. He is Founder and Leader of the Public Design Lab. He was Chair of School Research Committee from 2007 to 2013. In collaboration with engineering departments, he has been Programme Coordinator (Servicing Programmes) of the School since 2000. He has been member of key committees at the university level, including Senate, Research Committee, Review Committee, Academic Regulations Committee, and Culture Promotion Committee.
He supervises postdoctoral and PhD research. He teaches design and engineering subjects at postgraduate and degree levels, including design theories, research methods, public design, industrial and product designs, inclusive design.
He leads public design projects with a balanced consideration between creative design and engineering application. His research outputs give constructive impacts in academic knowledge and practical contribution. His work has been recognised by peers in various disciplines, including design, engineering, public health, human geography, humanities, arts and education, that he has been elected as the fellow of different professional bodies.
He advocates FlexiDesign and d*hk®, and promotes sustainable living environment by designing Feel-Green facilities. Working with the deprived and PSNs, he has conducted interdisciplinary and participatory research projects which aim to bring an inclusive society to all.
He has obtained a number of external competitive research grants, including Fulbright Scholarship, ASF (Ford Foundation), HK RGC's GRF and PPRF. His educational research grants include K. C. Wong Education Foundation grants and HK QEF. His recent completed projects were supported by the GRF to study the flexibility of public design for densely populated urban environments and the PPRF to explore the policy of inclusive public toilets for visually impaired persons. In 2013, he founded the Research Group for Sustainable Public Design which is a sub-group of the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development.
In 2001, he was invited by the Engineering Design Centre of the University of Cambridge as Visiting Scholar to conduct inclusive design research. From 2002 to 2003, he was Fulbright Scholar at MIT to study user reception. Since then, he has worked closely with the MIT urban planning and engineering teams to conduct public design projects for the benefit of developing countries. From 2006 to 2007, he was awarded by the ASF as ASIA Fellow at the National University of Singapore to explore public design for a multicultural society. From 2007 to 2008, he was invited by UC Berkeley as Visiting Scholar to study contemporary lifestyles and public design. In 2007 and 2010, he was Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University to conduct research on street furniture and FlexiDesign respectively. In 2013, he was further invited by MIT as Visiting Scholar to conduct a study on "Public Design for 2020". He is Chair Professor (2012-2015) of the Wuhan University of Technology and Visiting Professor (Long-term) of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts.
He has been appointed as member to serve in research grants bodies and accreditation councils, including Panel Member (Engineering) of the HK RGC, International Reviewer of Austria’s FWF and Italy APB’s Scientific Board, Expert Assessor of China’s MOE, Assessment Panel Member of CreateHK, and Specialist of the HK Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. He is Council Member of Design Research Society (UK), and was Council Member of Chartered Society of Designers (UK; HK Region). He is editorial and advisory board member of design, engineering, humanities and education journals and book series.
He has provided consultancy services in industrial, product, engineering and environmental designs, intellectual property, and programme development and accreditation. The clients and collaborators include MTR, CLP, HK Jockey Club, Maunsell, EDAW, Watson Group (HK), VAS Lighting, Urban Renewal Authority, Highways Department, Housing Authority, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, District Councils, United Christian Hospital, HKCSS, HK Blind Union, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of HK, BGCA, and St. James' Settlement. His recent completed project is a set of removable bollards and railings (FlexiBOL®) which fits the particular physical and social environment of Hong Kong and has been widely installed in the city by the Highways Department.
He has received more than 50 international design and invention awards, including Red Dot Award (Germany), D&AD (UK), Good Design (USA), Industrial Design Prize and Gold Medals of International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (Switzerland), Innovation of the Year and Best Design Award of British Invention of the Year Awards (UK), JIPA Award for Best Invention in Industrial Design (Japan), Best Invention Award and Gold Medals of ITEX (Malaysia), Runner-up of Crystal Cabin Awards (Germany), Diamond and Platinum Awards of Successful Design Awards (China), Trophy of Perspective Awards (HK). Recently, Include Asia 2013 has conferred him an award of Champion of Inclusive Design to recognise his contribution in "design for all". He owns more than 50 US and international invention and design patents. His design (Chess.* ®) for the visually impaired has been accepted as China's National Standard for chess competitions. He has published 22 books and monographs, and over 50 book chapters. His book Urban Renewal and Design: City, Street, Street Furniture has been invited by the Harvard College Library, MIT Rotch Library, The British Library and The Library of Congress as permanent collection. He has published over 250 papers in leading journals, including Design Issues, The Design Journal, Facilities, Applied Ergonomics, Journal of Engineering Design, Public Health, Journal of Popular Culture, Human Relations. He is currently preparing two books, Public Design for Changing Urban Environment and Reception in Everyday Space, which will be published by the MIT Press and Springer respectively.