Jae Hwa Lee  PhD

Jae Hwa Lee PhD

Assistant Professor, Interior Design




Campus Office: 381 Design

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


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.


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