Teaching & Learning Lab

Empowerment through Education

Design for Education, Design in Education


Education has the power to change the lives of people and at the same time shape how our society can be at the present and in the future. In support of the Sustainable Development Goals to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, design for education and design in education can play a powerful role in education to:

  • develop future teaching and learning tools and environments to support learners with different learning styles and abilities;

  • develop 21st century competencies, that promote life-long learning, through design activities in design education; and

  • develop future professionals in the use of design to respond to present and future issues through design education.



Lab members


Staff member:
Dr. Leon LOH

Leon was with Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore, between 2001 and 2014. While he was with the MOE, he served as a secondary school teacher and had taken on leadership appointments such as Subject Head (Design and Technology) and Head of Department (covering) who oversees the development of the Art and Design & Technology curriculum and the professional development of the Art and D&T teachers in the department.

Leon arrived in Japan in 2007 under the AYF and Monbukagakusho scholarship. Before returning back to Singapore in 2013, Leon had completed the Master of Design (Environment and Heritage Design) and Doctor of Design (Environment and Heritage Design) in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Leon continued to serve in MOE as a secondary school teacher till the end of 2014. In 2015, he has founded DESIGN-RE-SEARCH LAB with the hope to continue to contribute to education through his research.

In April 2016, Leon has joined Kyushu University, Faculty of Design, as an assistant professor where he continues his education and research activities.

Research interest
  • Design education curriculum
  • Development critical thinking, creativity and design thinking through design learning
  • Study of learning environment
  • Integrative learning experience and curriculum design.

Information on publications: Click here


Other information:
Involvement in Undergraduate Course (from April 2020 onward): Design Futures
Involvement in Graduate Programme (Since 2017~): Environment and Heritage Design Course

Student members:

Undergraduate (Year 4)

2017-2018: 2 members
Main research areas:
  • The Developments of Tents used in Modern Japanese Mountain Climbing: Based on the Period from the Dawn of Japanese Mountain Climbing to Present Time
  • A Research on the Effectiveness of Educational Facilities for Design Education in Elementary School: An Example Based on Art Subject in Public Elementary Schools in Fukuoka City


Research student

2018-2019: 1 member
Main research areas:
  • Redesigning learning environments to improve learning motivation



Master course

2018-2020: 1 member
Main research areas:
  • Educational environment for design education in primary school

2019-2021: 1 member
Main research areas:
  • The study of active learning spaces for design learning in Technology subject at junior high school