Lorraine Justice – The Design Revolution in China

Lorraine Justice

An American who pulled up stakes and moved her household to Hong Kong for seven years, Lorraine shares her fascinating perspective on Asia and the West.  After her stint leading the School of Design at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University, she wrote China’s Design Revolution, spelling out the explosion of innovative design there.  She talks of the cultural differences that caught her by surprise, including how the Chinese regard older women in a leadership role.  And you’ll hear how she determines that although no outsider can begin to understand the “whole” China, it’s highly rewarding to try.

Lorraine Justice Biography

Lorraine Justice was appointed Dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011. Justice has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. For the past six years, she has served as the director of the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Under her leadership, the school has emerged as one of the top 30 design schools in the world and one of the top four Asian design programs. Prior to leading PolyU’s design school, Justice headed the industrial design program at Georgia Tech and served for several years at Ohio State University as professor of visual communication. A native of Pennsylvania, Justice obtained her BFA from Edinboro University and her master’s in design and Ph.D. in communications from Ohio State.