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Li-Chuan Chong

Composer, Sonic Artist, Academic, Consultant

  1. -,
  2. Republic Polytechnic
  1. Republic Polytechnic,
  2. LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts,
  3. The British Library
  1. Goldsmiths College, U. of London
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Composer/Sonic Artist

– Present

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Chong Li-Chuan (Chuan) is a musician by training, composer by choice, an academic at large, and a consultant in user experience and strategic design. Chuan lived in the UK for 15 years prior to his return to the island city-state, Singapore, in 2006. He received his formal education at Goldsmiths College, University of London, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1999 and a Master of Music (Composition) in 2000. Between 2001 and 2005, Chuan was a post-graduate researcher in electroacoustic composition at the Stanley Glasser Electronic Music Studios (EMS) in Goldsmiths College. His research interest includes, but is not limited to, acoustic ecology, aurality, listening, sound and semblance, the aesthetics of noise and silence, musicking, identity formation, gender, performativity, embodiment, and post-structuralism. Chuan is currently an Associate Lecturer with the School of Technology for the Arts, Republic Polytechnic (RP) in Singapore. He was previously the Programme Chair for the Diploma in New Media (now known as Diploma in Media Production and Design) from April 2012 to April 2014, and was the founding Chair for the Diploma in Design for Interactivity (DDI) that started in April 2007. Over a period of five years, Chuan had developed and shaped the curriculum and delivery of DDI, focusing on Interaction Design, User Experience Design, and Design Thinking.


Composer/Sonic Artist

– Present (16 years)

On commission / project collaboration basis.

Associate Lecturer

Republic Polytechnic
– Present (7 months)

Senior Lecturer

Republic Polytechnic
(1 month)

Programme Chair (Dip. in New Media)

Republic Polytechnic
(2 years)

- Academic Administration
- Change Management
- Curriculum Development
- Teaching

Programme Chair (Dip. in Design for Interactivity)

Republic Polytechnic
(3 years 9 months)

- Academic Leadership
- Course Management
- Curriculum Development
- Teaching

Academic Staff (Dip. in Sonic Arts)

Republic Polytechnic
(2 years 2 months)

- Curriculum Development
- Teaching / Facilitation
- Supervision of Final Year Projects

Part-time Lecturer

LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
(less than a year)

- Curriculum Development
- Teaching / Lecture
- Tutorial
- Supervision of Final Year Dissertation

Workshop leader

The British Library
(2 months)

Creative workshops for 13 to 19 year-old students in sound / digital art at the British Library, July – August 2004. Part of the "Silk Road Tales" project commissioned by the BBC Proms, the British Museum and the British Library.

Visiting Tutor (Music Department)

Goldsmiths College, University of London
(3 years)

Studio Composition, 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate
- Teaching / Seminar
- Workshop

Programme consultant

BBC World Service (Chinese Section)
(less than a year)

Series of 10 programmes (in Mandarin) exploring twentieth-century music composition. Includes interview discussions on key topics: Serialism, Minimalism, Chance, and Electronic Music.

Sales assistant

Tower Records (Singapore)
(less than a year)

Classical Section

Army signaller

Singapore Armed Forces (Artillery)
(2 years)

National Service Full-time


  • Interaction Design
  • Composition
  • Sound Design
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Art Criticism
  • Aesthetics
  • Epistemology
  • Ontology
  • Gender Studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • User Experience
  • Usability
  • Educational Leadership
  • Academic Administration
  • Curriculum Design
  • Curriculum Development
  • Pedagogy
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Lecturing
  • Research
  • Information Design
  • Research Design
  • Paper Prototyping
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Mapping of Design Thinking onto Problem-Based Learning within the One-Day-One-Problem Pedagogy(Link)

ICSID Design Education Conference
November 2009

The scope of this paper is to give an insight into the unique pedagogy at Republic Polytechnic (RP), namely the One-Day-One-Problem™ (ODOP) approach, and to demonstrate a mapping of the iterative nature of 'design thinking' onto the structure of the RP Problem-Based Learning (PBL) context. Salient features such as starting with a problem statement or trigger, having three meetings and two study periods characterize each lesson day.

We will examine how different stages in 'design thinking' such as Ideation, Evaluation, Implementation, and Critique, coupled with PBL at RP can be developed together as a discipline in design education.


Subjects, Objects, and Affordances(Link)

The Design Society (Singapore)
August 2010


Goldsmiths College, U. of London

BMus, MMus, Music, Aesthetics, Composition

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