Olivia Lee on Craft

Hosted at lyf@SMU

part of a series on Craft

About the speaker

Singaporean industrial designer Olivia Lee graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2008 with First Class Honours. As a student, she was handpicked to represent her cohort in a branding workshop in LVMH House. Her graduation project “Limited Edition Designer Dolls” went viral, garnering her a guest illustrator role for ICON Magazine.

In London, Olivia worked as a designer for Sebastian Bergne. In tandem, her personal projects included a collaboration with a diamond nano-engineering researcher under the NOBELINI Scheme pioneered by the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre (UK). She served as studio coordinator for the ICSID World Design Congress 2009 with the New York ARUP Foresight team and was invited by the British Council (UK) to participate in their Milan Sketchbook project.

In 2011, Olivia transited from industrial design to the intricacies of designing industries at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). She managed two portfolios, developing the user insights and design sectors in Singapore, with a focus in consumer-facing businesses. During this tenure, she developed a deep appreciation for the socioeconomic and corporate context with which design, creativity and innovation sits.

Olivia founded her eponymous practice in 2013, fully committed to pushing boundaries in multiple disciplines.

Passionate about education, Olivia finds time outside her professional practice to lecture at institutions such as the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Division of Industrial Design, Singapore Polytechnic and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She currently teaches History & Theory of Industrial Design and facilitates a luxury retail design platform at NUS.

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Additional details

This month we’re back at lyf@SMU. If you are old enough to remember :-), it’s the old MPH building, otherwise it is right across SMU School of Law.

lyf@SMU, 71-77 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178895 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178895

GETTING THERE By MRT: Bras Basah MRT Station

Traffic is unpredictable in the area during mornings, so do try and take public transport if possible.


Jones the Grocer, with their scrumptious pastries and brownies.

EGA Juice Clinic, who will be serving up cold-pressed, raw, vegan juice for your daily dose of healthy.

Made Cold, giving us a much needed jolt with their Nitro Black and caffeine-free tea with a special deal for CM attendees: - CORPORATE: $100/discount for corporate event bookings for CM attendees (min. spent at $600/event) - INDIVIDUAL: $30/off for every case purchased @ 24/case (U.P. $144 +GST)