Syna Chen

Syna Chen

PhD Candidate
Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design


Supervisors: Patricia Flanagan, Haider Akmal

Syna (Nan) Chen is a PhD candidate, design researcher, and wearable technology designer at UNSW Art, Design & Architecture. She holds a Master of Fashion from RMIT University. Syna's research interests revolve around speculative and wearable technology design, aiming to facilitate human and non-human collaboration and explore the potential of wearable technology to bridge the gap between human and non-human experience. She places particular emphasis on challenging anthropocentric perspectives by designing more than human wearables to imagine alien or non-human modes of perception and existence. Her work has won prestigious awards and has been featured in various exhibitions and fashion showcases around the world, including Australia, Italy, and China.

  • Wearable technology
  • Fashion design
  • Speculative design
  • Embodying technology
  • Body inter-faces
  • Non-human experience
  • Human-technology interface
  • Human experience
  • Provocative embodiment