About Hsiao-Yun Chu




Associate Professor


School of DesignCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts


Humanities (HUM)


Office Hours: 

Monday: 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

CLICK THE APPOINTMENT CALENDAR TAB TO SCHEDULE AN ADVISING APPOINTMENT. Students should bring copies of current unofficial transcripts and Degree Progress Report (DPR) and/or transcripts from other schools for consideration of transfer credit. Prospective Graduate (MA) Student Advising. Major Advising BSID Product Design. Virtual appointments are available by skype, especially for prospective and current grad students. For virtual meetings, book a slot first and then email Prof. Chu. Include skype handle and time of appointment in the email.


At SF State Since:



During The COVID 19 Campus Closure, Hsiao-Yun Is Conducting All Advising Appointments Via Zoom. Schedule An Appointment And We Will Send A Zoom Link.



Ph.D., University of Brighton, Brighton UK

M.S. Eng, Product Design, Stanford University

A.B. cum laude, Harvard University

Research Interests: 

Hsiao-Yun Chu's interests include design history, user-based research methodology, project-based learning, practice-based research, curatorship, and the cultural and social implications of design. She is the author of two books and numerous articles on design and design history. She is also an associate editor with the International Journal of Design. Prof. Chu has taught a wide range of courses in the School of Design, including history of design, product design studio courses, graduate seminars, research and methods courses, writing, design process, model making, and packaging design courses.

Prof. Chu is the coordinator of the Graduate MA Program in Design. She advises current and prospective students, promotes and grows the program, and contributes to curriculum development in this area. Several of her advisees have won state- and national-level awards for the quality of their research and presentation. Several of her advisees have also won the CSU state level competitions for graduate research and creative activity.

Prof. Chu is the Study Abroad advisor for incoming students from our bilateral programs including Brunel University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Swinburne University, University of Technology Sydney, NABA in Milan, and Chung Yuan University in Taiwan, and has served as the Study Abroad Advisor since 2013. Outgoing (SF State) study abroad students are advised by Prof. Ricardo Gomes.

Books: New Views on R. Buckminster Fuller (Stanford University Press, 2009)

Dymaxion Car: Buckminster Fuller (IvoryPress, 2010)