Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, China  
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Grace Kao received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Yale University. After graduation she practiced with Swiss designer Willi Kunz and in 1981 founded an award-winning design practice in New York City. She returned to Hong Kong in 1992 and served as the Regional Creative Director for Burson-Marsteller. In 1998 she joined the Department of Design, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Shatin) as Principal Lecturer and Academic Leader for Graphic and Media Design Courses. Recently she assumed the position of Academic Leader for the Foundation Program.

A firm believer in strong linkages between design education, design industry, and community, she introduced new modules of design studies, encouraged partnerships with industry, and successfully launched the industry-related design unit DeTech for the Department. She served in the accreditation of major design institutions in Hong Kong and has recently completed a research study, "Setting Up of a Visual Arts Academy in Hong Kong," for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


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