Jae Rhim Lee

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Director of Graduate Studies; Assistant Professor,
Interaction Design Program
Flagg Building, Rm. B150, 500 17th St. NW, Washington DC 20006
[email protected]


Jae Rhim Lee is an award-winning designer, entrepreneur, and transdisciplinary artist whose living units and wearables reimagine basic life systems and propose alternative and occasionally transgressive relationships between the body and the built and natural environment. She is the inventor of the Infinity Burial Suit (aka Mushroom Death Suit) featured in National Geographic, Vogue, NPR, Wired, the New York Times, and TED, among others. She lectures and exhibits her work internationally and has taught at MIT and Stanford University. She is the Founder and CEO of venture-backed startup Coeio, Inc. and holds degrees from MIT and Wellesley College. 



BA in Psychology and the Natural Sciences from Wellesley College

MS in Visual Studies from MIT


Jae Rhim is a recipient of a 2009 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a 2010 Grant from the Institut fur Raumexperimente/Universitaet der Kunste Berlin, and a 2011 MAK Schindler Scholarship and Artist Residency in Los Angeles, CA. Lee is a 2011 TED Global Fellow and a Research fellow in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology in Cambridge, MA.