Derek Sunghoon Lee

Derek Sunghoon Lee

New York, NY, US



Derek Lee is a London-based interior designer and a MA Interior Design candidate at the Royal College of Art. While specialising in large mixed use public spaces, Derek is open-minded and adaptable, always challenging himself as an experiential designer to adopt new ideas, materials, and techniques in his practice.

He is highly observant of the people who inhabit a space - their lifestyle, behaviour, movement, and senses - and constantly draws inspiration from the arts: from the proportions, forms and colour palettes of contemporary artwork to the rhythm and notes of classical music.

Humans spend 89% of our lives within a built interior. ‘The space’ directly affects the way its inhabitants feel and behave; such that spatial design is beyond mere visuality, it is a thought process, a tool to enhance humanity through its ability to frame lives. Derek is a firm believer in the importance of the process and the story behind, coming from sketches, model studies, and research, which form the basis to a strong spatial identity.


Steven Leach Group, Seoul, KR, Designer & Assistant PM

Feb 2015 - Dec 2015

ARExA,WeWork, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer & Assistant

Jul 2013 - Jan 2015

W Interior, Busan, Korea, Intern Position

- Site visits for measure and take photos
- Managing concepts from hand sketches and space planning
- Research for similar existing spaces

May 2011 - Aug 2011

MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE, Seoul, Korea, 202 Line Special Presidential Security Group

- The Crew of Presidential Situation
- Position of Command Center
- 2 years of Army Service (Mandatory Service)

Sep 2008 - Aug 2010


Royal College of Art, London, GB, Masters, Interior Design

Sep 2016 - Jun 2018

School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Fine Arts in Interior Design

Sep 2007 - May 2013


New York 11+ 2013, Nomination

Albany and New York Award 2013


School of VISUAL ARTS Interior Design, Award

- Best Senior Thesis Award 2013


School of VISUAL ARTS IIDA Competition, 1st Place

- Network Winner 2012 "SVAID Exhibition: Moe's Cafe"
- An exhibition featuring work completed by students in response to challenge to re-envision popular campus eatery Moe's Cafe as a multi functional community space


The Angelo Donghia Foundation, INC, 1st Place

- 2012 Senior Student Scholarship Award Winner
- One of 13 Scholarships


Areas of Specialization