Lecturer, Faculty of Design and Architecture Building, University of Technology Sydney

Tom Lee is an early career design researcher with an interest in the usefulness of contemporary aesthetic theory, poetics and design philosophy for design practitioners. His research centres on the three areas of the poetics of place, the emotional tonalities of industrial and postindustrial society and the material imagination. Tom has extensive teaching experience within the university and industry helping designers refine and communicate the key concepts in their work, including communication projects with leading design thinking consultancies.


  • 2016–present
    Course director, UTS, Masters of Design
  • 2015–2017
    Course coordinator, UTS, Researching Design History
  • 2012–2014
    Casual Academic, UWS


  • 2012 
    UWS, Writing and Society, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2007 
    UTS, BA Hons (first class) Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies)


  • 2016
    (Chatper) "McCarthy, W.G. Sebald and A.N. Whitehead: Metaphysical Prose", Cormac McCarthy Borders and Landscapes
  • 2016
    (Book review) 'You Must Change Your Life' by Peter Sloterdijk, Design Issues
  • 2016
    'Contemporary Perspectives In Aesthetic Theory: Steven Connor, Sianne Ngai And The Edible World', Aesthetics and Culture
  • 2015
    Place and Identity: What we can learn from the dead? , Journal of Craft and Design Enquiry
  • 2012
    The Lists of W.G. Sebald, M/C Journal
  • 2012
    Burrs and Burrows, Environmental Humanities

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship
    Sole recipient
    Funding Source:
    Marten Bequest