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Department of Design

Academic Staff

Mr CHOY Sonny Yip Hong

Assistant Professor


Mr CHOY Sonny Yip Hong

Doctoral Candidate, MBA, GRAD DIP (BUS), B.DES (IND), MIDSHK, MAMBA


Mr. Choy graduated from University of South Australia, Adelaide, with a Bachelor of Design, Industrial Design. He proceeded to complete a Graduate Diploma in Business Enterprise from University of Adelaide. In 2016, he received an MBA from University of Strathclyde. Currently, he is a Doctoral Candidate studying sustainability. With industrial experience in fields including product, toy, retail design; he specializes in taking innovative, technological and socially conscious approaches to design. Mr. Choy’s research interests focus on creative management and design productivity in a global context. He is also interested in the deployment of technology in product solutions. He actively engages Asian business partners to bring about synergies between the education sector with public/private business sectors and works with NGOs to bring about socially conscious design in Hong Kong.


  • Marketing
  • Toy Design
  • Eyewear Design
  • Computer Aided Industrial Design
  • Design Communication and Processes
  • Digital Visualization
  • Technology and Trends
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Design
  • Major Project  


  • Doctoral Degree in Sustainability
  • M.B.A., Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Enterprise, Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Bachelor of Design, Industrial Design, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia



  • Assistant Professor, Technological and Higher Education Institute
  • Project Manager, Corgi International Ltd
  • Senior Designer, Rolex Hong Kong Ltd
  • Creative Designer, Safilo Far East Ltd
  • Senior Product Designer, Vtech electronics Ltd
  • Industrial Designer, MA International Ltd



  • Member of Association of MBA’s (AMBA)
  • Full Member of Industrial Designers Society of Hong Kong (IDSHK)


  • Establishment of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Food By-products Utilization (CIFU), UGC/IDS(R)25/20, INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME (IDS) RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT, 2020, Hong Kong, (on-going) as Co-I.
  • Sustainable Start-Ups – Seminars on Designing Innovation For Start-Ups And Crowd-Funding, UGC/IIDS25/B01/17, Inter-Institutional Development Scheme (IIDS), Research Grants Council Competitive Research Funding Schemes For the Local Self-Financing Degree Sector 2017/18, Hong Kong, (on-going) as P.I.

  • ‘Understanding student behaviour towards drinking water choices on campus in a Hong Kong context’, Successfully granted the THEi Seed Grant 2018/19. Co-I.



Conference Proceedings and Presentations:


  • Choy, Sonny Yip Hong (2016), ‘The influence of a restaurant’s social contributions and green practices on customers’ decision to buy in a Chinese context’, The 5th International Symposium of Business and Social Science 2016, Higher Education Forum, Okinawa.
  • Choy, S Y H (2016), ‘Co-Elaboration - DIY Upcycling with the Community 與社區協同設計’, 2016. REVEAL 2: +-x÷ For the City. For the Community. Hong Kong Institute of Architects. Public exhibition.
  • Choy, S Y H (2017), ‘Starting with a Hunch. Learning Journeys of Design Students Toward Relevant Design Solutions. How Teaching Staff Support and Scaffold Student Learning in Capstone Projects’, The 4th International Academic Conference on Social Sciences (IACSS 2017), Higher Education Forum, Singapore.
  • Choy, S Y H (2017), ‘Technology, Materials and Trends. Resources for Eyewear Making’, Speaker for New Material for Eyewear Design Workshop, Hong Kong Optical Fair 2017, Hong Kong.



  • Choy, SYH., Kuys, B. & Renda, G. 2020. Expanding industrial design’s contribution to manufacturing SME’s in Hong Kong by introducing a Balanced Scorecard for industrial design management. DRS2020 International Conference: Synergy. Brisbane, Australia: Design Research Society.
  • Choy, Sonny Yip Hong, Leung, Beam & Lee, Kwok Lang (2013), ‘Education for Modern Chef – Adding Value through Design’, BODW, DesignEd Asia Conference 2013, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Choy, S Y H (2016), ‘Agents of Change’, Global Design Network Booklet, Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations, Hong Kong.
  • Choy, S Y H (2017), ‘Technology, Materials and Trends. Resources for Eyewear Making’, HKOMA annual directory, Issue 2018, Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association Limited (HKOMA), Hong Kong.



  •  2008 Nuremberg International Toy Fair. International Toy Design Competition. Winner of ‘Toy Innovation Award’ for most innovative toy design.



  • Trip Leader: 2014. Seoul, Korea. Industrial, Academic, Cultural exchange to leading Korea Product Design professionals and institutes. 6 Days duration.
  • Trip Leader: 2016. Barcelona, Spain. Student Academic and Cultural exchange to Elisava School of Design. 15 Days duration.


  • Technology and Products
  • Mobility
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Design Management


  • Reviewer of book

    Siu, K.W.M. and Contreras, G.J. eds., 2016. Design Education for Fostering Creativity and Innovation in China. IGI Global. 


  • Choy, S Y H 2012, ‘Track Leader for Inclusive Design track’, World Design Summer Camp “A City Driven by Design". Hong Kong Design Centre.