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Chih-I Lai

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Chih-I Lai is a design anthropologist and a designer at University College London, U.K., where she did her Ph.D. dissertation in 2014 on the “Materialising the Immaterial: the crafting of Taiwaneseness through Bamboo Crafts” (guide: Professor Michael Rowlands and Dr. Adam Drazin).  She participated at the Yii project, which is a government funded collaborative project with craftspeople and designers during her fieldwork in Taiwan, and contribute to two books about bamboo crafts published by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute in 2008 and 2009.  She also initiated a proposal and award funding to conduct a craft and design project with her informant as part of her ethnographic participate observation on the origin of design concept and creativity.  The accessories she design has received very positive market feedback and benefit the local craftspeople.  In addition to her academic research about bamboo craft and design, she also regularly wrote design critics and exhibition reviews for different media.  Her major research interest is about the innovative adaptation of cultural contents and problem solving strategy with design approach.