Bori Fehér is an architect, social designer and researcher focused on resilience, adaptation and sustainability. She is the Head of Social Design HUB at the Innovation Center of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME), where for more than a decade now she facilitates students and researchers in social, eco and humanitarian design projects, works with underprivileged communities on the rural periphery of Hungary.
Bori's work focuses mainly on how social situations reflect the ability to change. She is especially interested in how design could act as a tool for creative innovation. As guest lecturer, she has been involved since 2014 in the activities of the Maryland Institute College of Art Centre for Social Design, USA. She has given lectures on social design, among others, at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Pratt Institute, New York Design Week, the Winterhouse Symposium, the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, and the New Institute.
Previously, Bori worked as an architect for TEK Architects in New York, Architecture for Humanity, DesigNYC and Habitat for Humanity New York. She recieved MAs in Architectural Design and Design Management from MOME in 2010. She is the Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Social Design Network incoroporating 8 countries in a global effort of advancing social design pedagogy, research and practice.
'Service design in the age of crisis'
The last decade has shown us that wicked problems in design are not solely for igniting the imagination of design theoreticians, but they influence our daily reality. Social, professional and ethical responsibility are coupled with broader issues concerning consumption, sustainability, fair trade, political ideologies, values, and recently – the global COVID pandemic with all its consequences and aftershocks. Furthermore, against the rise of global thinking, ever-evolving technologies and instant data sharing, we find ourselves more connected with local social factors, with our cultures and communities.
There is an evident need to shift from focusing merely on designers’ tasks and methods toward taking a more holistic approach to socially responsible design. Given the challenging economic, political and humanitarian circumstances, extending the use of social design can help restructure services, drive efficiency and assist with the significant challenges communities face... more >
Friday, September 16, 15:00