Dr Yvonne Chan

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Director of Colab

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 # 8349

Email: yvonne.chan@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
WG Building, Level 10
2 Governor Fitzroy Place,
Auckland, 1010 

Postal Address:
Auckland University of Technology
Colab: Creative Technologies
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142


PH.D Smart Textiles – Heriot-Watt University, 2004
MDes Textiles Design with Computer Applications – Heriot-Watt University, 2000
BA(Hons) Textiles – Goldsmiths’ College


My experience includes:

AUT University:

  • Post-graduate supervisor (BDes (Hons), MDes)
  • Teaching across all levels of the BDes fashion and textiles programme, including: Design, Theory and Industry Practice
  • Work with students in a variety of areas of Textile design including:
  • Design research, concept development, contextual research/trend forecasting
  • Drawing, painting, digital artwork for design
  • Visual experimentation, colour development, final print creation
  • Collaborate with industry and manage student projects
  • Writer of elective briefs
  • Teaching Minor – Textile experimentation

University of Leeds:

  • Lecturer and Year 1 Leader of the BA(Hons) Textile Design course
  • Formal lectures, studio-based tutoring/critiques, workshops and dissertation supervision
  • Teaching experience for undergraduate Textile Design course included visual studies, printed textiles, mixed media, woven and knitted textiles for fashion and interior applications.
  • Leader of the constructed textiles department involved sourcing materials and new technology as well as administrative tasks.

Examining Experience:

University of Leeds
•    Internal Moderator: BA(Hons) Textile Design (2006)

AUT University
•    Internal Examiner: BA(Hons) - Textiles (2012-2013)
•    External Examiner: BA (Hons) and Masters - Textiles and Fashion (2014, 2015)

Research Areas:

•    Smart textiles
•    Sustainability
•    Upcycling
•    Practised-based research, multidisciplinary research teams

Research Summary:

Research interests are in the area of Smart and technical textiles.  I am interested in investigating unconventional materials and developing new techniques by utilising technology to realise new design processes and concepts.

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Chan, Y. (2007). Investigating Smart Textiles Based on Shape Memory Materials. Textile Research Journal, 77(5), 290-300. doi:10.1177/0040517507078794

Creative works

  • Fraser, A. R., Joseph, F., Smitheram, M., & Chan Villi, Y. (2013). Domestic Camouflage [Artefact].

Conference contributions

  • Chan Vili, Y. (2007). The evolution of kimono textiles in the interests of preserving tradition. In Ars textrina International Conference: textile Territories, Past, present and future. Belfast.

  • Chan, Y. Y. F. (2005). Designing Shape Memory Textiles Using Shape Memory Textiles. In International Design Congress: IASDR 2005. Yunlin: National Yunlin University of Science and Technology.

  • Chan, Y. Y. F. (2003). The Aesthetic Development of Shape Memory Alloy for Woven Interior Textiles: Fibrous Assemblies at the Design and Engineering Interface. In INTEDEC 2003. Edinburgh.

  • Chan, Y. Y. F. (2003). Engineering the Design Attributes of Woven Interior Textiles using Shape Memory Polymer. In The Fibre Society 2003 Symposium: Advanced Flexible Materials and Structures – Engineering with Fibres. Loughborough: Loughborough University.

  • Chan, Y. Y. F. (2002). The Concept of Aesthetic Intelligence of Textile Fabrics and their Application for Interior and Apparel. In IFFTI International Conference: Fashion and Textiles, The New Frontiers – Design, Technology and Business. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.