Personal details

Dr Yasuhiro Santo
Lecturer in Interactive Design
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Discipline *
+61 7 3138 2027
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), RIBA - Royal Institute British Architects

Professional memberships
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Areas of Expertise

  • Interactive Environments Design
  • Architectural Design
  • Online Collaborative Studio

Adaptive, Architecture, Digital, Interaction, Interface, Network, Tangible

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Yasu Santo  is a maker, fabricator and tinkerer in both analog and digital domains. His current research focuses on designing architectural systems to allow occupant-led (DIY) facilities management and democratic use of office environments. His preferred method of research is by speculating possible solutions and test them by designing and making prototypes. He was trained as an architect at the Architectural Association (AA) in London and received AA Diploma and RIBA part 2 in 1995. During his study, he was fascinated by the power and possibilities of computers and electronics and began tinkering with them since circa 1993. After graduation, he remained at the AA as an electronic media tutor and the Electronic Media Lab supervisor until August 2000, while engaging with international competitions, developing multimedia presentations for property developers, and various other architectural and artistic commissions during this time. He moved to Hong Kong and became a full time lecturer at School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in September 2000 and began teaching wide range of subjects in architecture, interior, industrial and interactive media design. He also lead many international online collaborations and worked with students and academics from all over the world. He relocated to Brisbane, Australia in 2006 to continue his research and teaching at the School of Design, Queensland University of Technology. He has been actively engaged in lecturing, exhibiting, organising workshops, and serving as external examiners and judges in various occasions in different parts of the world. Career History: (2006 – Present): Lecturer (Architecture | Interactive Systems) 
School of Design, Queensland University of Technology (2000 – 2006): Lecturer (Interactive Systems, Environmental, Interactive Media Design)
 School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1995 – 2000): Tutor / Supervisor (various architectural / computer media related subjects)
Electronic Media Lab, Architectural Association, U.K. (1995 – 1998): Jonathan Caplan Architecture,  Architectural Designer, CAD/Rendering, Projects in London and New York. (1995 – 1998): Locus Architecture (Makoto Saito), U.K.
Tai-pei Museum and headquarter building in Taiwan (1997): LAB Architecture (Don Bates, Peter Davidson), U.K.
Melbourne civic project competition, Federation Square, Australia     Research/Project: (See “Research projects” for more recent works) (2004 – 2005): “Innovation Odyssey” – Collaboration between School of Design, Department of Computing and Multimedia Innovation Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Funded by Hong Kong Quality Education Fund from University Grant Council to produce workshop contents and conduct a series of workshops for Primary and Secondary school students over 2 years.  ( (2004 – 2006): “Sensor-Actuator Kits Development for Interaction Design” – Funded by University Teaching and Learning Committee, to develop an educational kit for product/interaction design students to teach how sensor and actuator devices work in pairs without a requirement of electronics background. (2003 – 2006): “Co-Ex communication suite: Investigation into the Sensation of Coexistence through Network-Enhanced Tangible Media” – Funded by School Research Grant (2003 – 2006): “Deep Space: Investigations of Strategies for the Integration of Physical and Virtual Components of Spaces” – Funded by Hong Kong University Grant Council (2000 – 2002): “Experimentation and strategies of innovation in Virtual Design Studio” – Funded by Hong Kong University Grant Council to investigate on-line/off-line remote collaborative design studios

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Community Experience:
(2003 – 2006): External Examiner in Video and Interactive Media, Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC)
(2003 – 2006): Regular Member, Environmental-Information design research work group, within Information System Technology committee of Architectural Institute of Japan
(2006): The 11th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (HK Art Centre), “Single-Screen-Based Interactive Media” category Juror
(2003, 2005, 2006): External final thesis project examiner, School of Creative Media, HK City University

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For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.