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Honghao Deng

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Honghao Deng

Office: E15-394
E-Mail: honghaod [at] mit

Honghao Deng(Zh:邓鸿浩) is an award-winning computational designer and  Innovator focusing on building context-aware built-environment with the integration of IoT, AR, and AI. He holds a Master of Design Technology degree with Distinction at Harvard. He is the CEO of Butlr. He is also a researcher at City Science Group, MIT Media Lab and Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab at Harvard, developing spatial interface in living and working spaces that is responsive to users' behavior patterns and needs.

Honghao has won multiple international design awards in interaction, product, and architecture, including Architizer A+ Award in Smart Building Technology, Red Dot Best of Best, Core77 Award, Gold and Platinum A' Design Award, iF Design Award, Fast Compay World Changing Ideas, 1st Place Future Cities Contest, 1st place CHI Play Game Design Award, Ubicomp/ISWC Design Award. His research is published on SIGGRAPH, CHI, TEI, DIS and ISWC. His work has been covered by TechCrunch, World Enconomic Forum, Domus, CCTV, ArchDaily, Arab News, the National.


  • 2020 Architizer A+Awards - Winner - Smart Building Technology          2020.08
  • Red Dot Best of Best          2020.07
  • Core77 Award - Winner- Built Environment          2019.05
  • Fast Company World Changing Ideas Finalist Award    2019.04
  • ISWC Exhibition Award - Wearable Aesthetic  2018.11
  • IF Design Award - Professional Concept Category                                     2018. 02
  • 2nd Prize - Future Cities Contest - Cities for a Flying World                              2017. 11
  • 1st Place - CHI PLAY Student Game Design Competition Audience Awards   2017. 10
  • Golden A' Design Award - Lighting Projects Design                                          2017.04
  • Silver A' Design Award - Furniture Design                                                         2017.04
  • Honorable Mention - Tomorrow Workplace Competition by METROPOLIS      2016.10
  • Finalist - UIA-HYP International Architectural Student Competition 2015           2015.9
  • Editor's Choice -  eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2015                                                 2015.4
  • Finalist - UIA-HYP International Architectural Student Competition 2014           2014.9
  • 1st Place - 3rd Asia Rookie Award - China Division                                              2014.8
  • 1st Prize - National Exhibition of Excellent Work of Architectural Students            2014.8
  • Excellent Proposal - Blue Sky Plan by World Wide Fund for Nature                    2014.2
  • Bronze Prize - "Huacheng Cup" Cardboard Architecture Design Competition     2012.7


  • H Deng, J Li, X Zhang,  P Michalatos: Diffusive Geometries: Vapor as a Tectonic Element to Sculpt Microclimates in Architectural Space DIS'19  ISEA'19
  • J Li, H Deng, P Michalatos: TransVision: Exploring the State of the Visual Field in the Age of Extreme Augmentation SIGGRAPH'19
  • J Li,H Deng,  P Michalatos: Hypercept: Speculating the Visual World Intervened by Digital Media CHI'19
  • H Deng*, J Li*, S Berolini, A. Sayegh, S Andreani: Twinkle: A Flying Lighting Companion for Urban Safety TEI' 18 
  • J Li*H Deng*, P Michalatos: MagicTorch: A Context-aware Projection System for Asymmetrical VR Games CHI PLAY' 17
  • J Li*H Deng*, P Michalatos: CatEscape: An Asymmetrical Multiplatform Game Connecting Virtual, Augmented and Physical World CHI PLAY' 17
  • H Deng, H Ho, L Alonso, X Li, J Angulo, K Larson  Amoeba Wall - PASAJES - archquitectura NO.143,  pp8-9
  • H Deng, X Zhang, L Zhang  24 Hour Tower: eVolo Skyscrapers 3: Visionary Architecture and Urban Design, pp494-497
  • Deng, H., Li. H., Zhang. L & Wang, L.: Application of Planar Function Parameters in GAAD - Creating Minimal Surface Form by Plane Sketch Input, DADA Digital Factory International Conference Proceedings 2015, pp380-387                                      2015.7