Austin Lee

Austin S. Lee

Assistant Professor

Austin S. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design. A former Research Assistant in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, he has explored system design for spatial drawing and 3D collaboration. As a designer, he has advised and supported UX and visual design for Fortune 500 companies and startups for many years. His professional design projects at Microsoft and Skype include interaction design for Skype's HoloLens companion experience and other applications, related to communication design in AR systems and wearable computing. At Carnegie Mellon University, he has been teaching master's level courses such as the Graduate Studio 1: Designing for Interactions and Prototyping for Interaction Design, and contributing to the undergraduate Environments Track in the School of Design, is an affiliate faculty member of the School of Architecture's Master of Tangible Interaction Design (MTID) program. 

Previously, Austin was awarded the National Space Grant and worked at NASA JPL as a visual strategist, where he was in charge of the technical development of NASA's interactive installation that promoted the Juno mission, exhibited at the Exploratorium, San Francisco. His work was shown internationally at CHI, UIST, SIGGRAPH Asia's Emerging Technologies program, TEI, IDSA's International Conference, and he has received international design awards from the Red Dot and Adobe. As the lead coordinator and visual interaction designer in a team representing South Korea, he presented an interactive design installation piece at the London Design Biennale 2016 at the Somerset House in London.

Austin holds a B.F.A. with a double major of Visual Communication Design and Interior Design from Kookmin University, Seoul. He also received an M.F.A. in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design and an M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab.