Jae Hwa Lee

Jae Hwa Lee PhD

Assistant Professor, Interior Design

Signature Research Areas



Campus Office: 381 Design

Mailing Address
Interior Design Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011


PhD, Design, Construction and Planning concentration in Interior Design, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

MS, Housing & Interior Design, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

BFA, Environmental Design, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea


Research Interests

Creative Thinking and Learning Experiences

Design Thinking across Disciplines

Transformative Learning Pedagogy

Evidence-based Design

Creative Workplaces and Wellbeing

Environmental Design for Healing

Current Projects

Recent publications

Lee, J.H., & Portillo, M. (2022). Transferability of creative self-belief across domains: The differential effects of a creativity course for university students. Thinking Skills and Creativity. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsc.2021.100996.

Lorusso, L., Lee, J.H., & Worden, E. (2021). Design Thinking for Healthcare: Transliterating the Creative Problem-Solving Method into Architectural Practice. HERD: Healthcare Environments Research & Design Journal, 14(2), 16-29. DOI: 10.1177/1937586721994228.

Lee, J.H. (2020). Building Creative Confidence Through an Interdisciplinary Creativity Course: Changes in Creative Challenges and Creative Personal Identity. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2020.1835689.

Lee, J.H., Portillo, M., & Meneely, J. (2020). Insights into the Three Frames of Creative Minds: Perspective Transformation of First-Year University Students. Journal of Transformative Education, 18(2), 138-162.

Kim, D., Bosch, S., & Lee, J.H. (2020). Alone with Others: Understanding Physical Environmental Needs of Students within an Academic Library Setting. The Journal of Academic Librarianship. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2019.102098.

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